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Documentary on the Roots of Roller Derby's Revival Screens at Central Cinemas Tonight

As a relatively athletic gal myself, but also one that abhors any form of entertainment based on women beating the crap out of each other for the amusement of men, I have very mixed feelings about roller derby.

However, it obviously has links to our post-Riot Grrl world, and therefore is worth examining further, if only to understand it as a source of potential empowerment as well as an unfortunate reminder of what can happen when a punk-minded community sabotages their own ambitions while grappling with egalitarian ideals and creative control.

It is for these very reasons that I enjoyed Hell On Wheels, Bob Ray's documentary about Bad Girl, Good Woman Productions, the Austin, Texas-based league that was at the forefront of the roller derby revival and gained momentum in the mid-'00s. He's not afraid to examine those issues, and he also crafted a rippin' soundtrack featuring the music of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Explosions in the Sky, and Mogwai. It screens at 7 p.m. tonight at Central Cinemas (1411 21st Ave.) $8. Grab your tickets here and view the trailer below:

Hell on Wheels also screens at Olympia's Capitol Theater tomorrow, May 7. Tickets for that showing are over here.

 
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