Reuben the Roller Roo

A roller rink employee struggles to balance his love of entertaining children with dealing drugs on the side.

  • Will Prescott
    Director
    Feeding Mr. Baldwin, Imaginary Breakup
  • Will Prescott
    Writer
    Feeding Mr. Baldwin, Imaginary Breakup
  • Kellen Berg
    Writer
    The Writer, Invest in Yourself
  • Justin Maas
    Producer
  • Derek Hughes
    Key Cast
    "Reuben/Howie"
    Captain America: Winter Soldier, Mr. Deeds, Wednesday Again
  • Anil Margsahayam
    Key Cast
    "Mad Dad"
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dr. Ken, The Brink, the Big Bang Theory, Silicon Valley
  • Sam Landman
    Key Cast
    "Jack"
  • Anna Hashizume
    Key Cast
    "Tobi"
  • Boima Freeman
    Key Cast
    "DJ"
  • Stephen Holm
    Cinematography
    Pit Stop
  • Cameron Deutschendorf
    Editor
  • Graveyard Club
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Comedy, Crime
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Panic Film Festival
    Kansas City, MO
    United States
    May 1, 2022
    World Premiere
    Best Actor - Short Film - Derek Hughes
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    May 10, 2022
    Shorts Fiction Competition
  • Zion Film Festival
    Tacoma, WA
    United States
    September 23, 2022
  • Tacoma Film Festival
    Tacoma, WA
    United States
    October 11, 2022
  • Duluth Superior Film Festival
    Duluth, MN
    United States
    September 24, 2022
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo, ND
    United States
    October 1, 2022
  • Twin Cities Film Festival
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    October 23, 2022
Director Biography - Will Prescott

Will Prescott is an award-winning filmmaker who directs corporate, commercial, and documentary work in Minneapolis. He began his career in Los Angeles with PBS member station, KCET, and working with SAGindie to promote low budget contracts. He made his directorial debut with the feature dark comedy, FEEDING MR. BALDWIN, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Film and TV. He has one small dog (Charlie) and one big dog (Pico).

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Director Statement

I was born and raised outside of Anchorage, Alaska near a small town called Eagle River. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s there was a roller skating rink called Skate Place. My short film, REUBEN THE ROLLER ROO, is loosely based on my memories of that shady roller rink. Yes, the short is a fictional, dark comedy not rooted in anything factual. But the spirit of the place-- the smells, the carpeted floors, the weird characters-- very much are. This all goes without saying that my latest film is extremely personal to me, as are my years in Alaska before moving to the lower 48. I can’t think of anything more meaningful than having the opportunity to share this project with audiences, and hopefully one day the feature version that it's based on.