From Roller Girls to Life with Gilligan after the Island

Aug 29, 2011 by


Here’s what’s cooking in the video kiln. The video above features draft edits from three projects filling up my clip bins in Final Cut Express. So, here’s what I am working on this week | Douglas Imbrogno

‘ROLL ‘EM,’ Clip 1:
A snippet of footage from a Chemical Valley Roller Girls practice I filmed recently at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. Watch for the video and my companion print story in the Thursday, Sept. 1 “Gazz” section of the Charleston Gazette. And just like the roller girls first bout, that day’s gazz front will be a double-header as I profile CVRG and Bill Lynch profiles the Heart of Appalachia Roller Derby team and their Saturday, Aug. 27 ‘Clash in the Coalfields ‘Scrimmage at Madison, W.Va.

The Chemical Valley Roller Girls appear in their first hometown bout at ‘The Chucktown Shutdown’ on Sept. 10 at the Civic Center. CVRG will host three other teams in a roller derby double-header  (a phrase that is fun to say out loud). The bouts starts 6 p.m., as the  Sandusky Rollergirls of Sandusky, Ohio, take on the Ohio Valley Rollergirls of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Then at 8 p.m., Kanawha Valley’s own Chemical Valley Roller Girls compete against the Blackwater Rollers of Lynchburg, Virginia. Ten percent of proceeds from the evening benefit the Children’s Therapy Clinic. Tickets are $12 advance  at the Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster or call 800-745-3000. The cost is $15 at the door. Youth ages 6-12 are $6; kids under 6 get in free. There’s entertainment between bouts. And beer – if you’re over 21 and want to toast the return of roller derby to Charleston, W.Va., after many a bout-less years.

‘ARTIST at WORK,’ CLIP 2: An excerpt from an upcoming WestVirginiaVille video profile of Greenbrier County artist Jessica Levine and her collaborative, sinuous, often surprising work with floor tile, mosaics, found objects and even the landscape itself. It’s the second installment of the WestVirginiaVille series, ‘Artist at Work.’

(Here’s the first in the series, “The Lotus and the Chair,” profiling Thad Settle and his enlightening chair and lotus sculpture, partly carved from a Linden tree on his Kanawha County property. Thad, BTW, is a co-facilitator with me of the Meditation Circle of Charleston, which meets 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, if you’re hunting a Buddhist meditation group. We focus on breath-centered insight (vipassana) meditation in the Buddhist tradition. You need not be a card-carrying Buddhist (not that a Buddhist would carry a card) to come, sit and benefit. We also do a little stretching, yoga and guided meditations.

‘LIVING with GILLIGAN,’ CLIP 3: I’ve been trying forever to get a sit-down time in the busy schedule of Dreama Denver, founder of the Little Buddy Radio station in Princeton, West Virginia. Little Buddy Radio is a non-profit radio station founded by Dreama’s husband, the late Bob Denver, star of the popular series “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” who spent much of his later years living in Mercer County, W.Va. Since he died in 2005, Dreama, has continued his legacy through the radio station, which directly benefits the Denver Foundation. Watch for the upcoming companion story and video in the Sunday Gazette-Mail.

Dreama Denver | photo


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  1. Great stuff Doug! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. I can’t wait to see the rest of these stories!

  3. Well, I guess I can. but I’m excited. :))