"Pack is Here" is a 90-minute feature-length documentary film. This documentary will follow transgender roller derby skaters and the packs they form as they hip-check prejudice and show the world that they are right where they belong.
We’ll watch Portland's Rose City Rollers skaters Link and Bruise and the changes they undergo as they quest for victory this season. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Attacknid will make friendships with their team at Salem's Cherry City while finding their place in the sport as a whole. We will follow Link, Bruise, and Attacknid’s derby lives from MVP awards to penalty box visits and the joys and struggles of grassroots athletics. We will also interview other derby players and experts to learn about the history of queer representation in this special sport and how other athletic programs can follow its example.
"Pack is Here" is what a roller derby referee yells to signal skaters to form tightly together on the track. By following these skaters and the packs they form, we seek to use roller derby as an entertainment landscape to normalize the role of trans people in sports - and therefore in society as a whole.
Funded by Portland, OR (May 2023)