Wednesday, August 06, 2008

'Hell on Wheels' screening

The New Orleans Film Society and the Contemporary Arts Center present Hell on Wheels, a documentary about the birth of modern day flat track roller derby. The screening will be held Tuesday, August 12th, 7:30PM at the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp St.

NOFS and CAC members $6, general admission $8
Tickets at or at the door
CAC box office: 504.528.3800

New Orleans' own Big Easy Rollergirls will be in attendance!

Synopsis: "Shot over a four year period in Austin TX, and utilizing both verite footage and interviews, Hell on Wheels documents the creation of modern-era roller derby's first two leagues.

After overcoming countless hurdles, the rowdy rollergirls known as Bad Girl, Good Woman enjoy a smashingly successful first year, only to find a rift, fueled by issues of insurance, finance and future direction, forming among the ranks of the skaters.

Ultimately, 65 of 80 skaters walk and form their own player-run league. Dealt a near fatal blow, management doesn't give up. Instead, they recruit and rebuild their league to rebound in dramatic fashion. Two leagues emerge from the near-disaster - the Lonestar Rollergirls and the Texas Rollergirls - and both pioneer a modern era of roller derby, inspiring thousands of women across the US.

Directed by Bob Ray. USA. 2007. 90 mins.

"Hell on Wheels is an epic doc. It's fast, fun, and inspiring." - Chris Gore (founder, Film Threat Magazine)"

Hope to see you there!

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