What drives tens of thousands of women around the globe to don fishnets, assign pseudonyms, and request the privilege of kicking each other’s asses? In the new feature length documentary Derby, Baby!, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Robin Bond and Dave Wruck take you with them on their international quest to learn why women’s flat track roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the world.
Derby, Baby! celebrates its World Premier during the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival on March 31, and will also show at the upcoming Sonoma International Film Festival on April 14. Buzz on the film has already reached a fever pitch in roller derby circles. Look for each screening to host special pre/post- events with nearby regional Women’s Roller Derby leagues, and Derby, Baby! partners Riedell, Derby News Network, Rodney Strong Vineyards, JammerUp and others.
Narrated by Whip It star Juliette Lewis, Derby, Baby! explores the drama, the friendships, and the addictive nature of women’s roller derby. Along the way, the film reveals the sport at its most turbulent time since its inception 77 years ago, and finds derby’s growing foothold in mainstream consciousness going head to head with the DIY culture and empowerment that currently defines the sport.
For certain, the lure of community and self-propriety is at the core of today’s roller derby movement. But on the track, athleticism and competition reign. All the while, fans of the sport are multiplying. And now, women’s roller derby today finds itself at a tipping point. Can derby’s unique culture co-exist with the capitalism of mainstream sports? What does the future of women’s roller derby look like?
Derby, Baby! isn’t just a film about roller derby – it’s a fascinating look into the world of competitive sports as run by women, and attentively examines this singularity as the sport adapts to its changing landscape.
Current Confirmed Screenings:
Saturday, March 31 @ 4:30 PM
Atlanta Film Festival (World Premier)
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta
For tickets and information visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com
Saturday, April 14 @ 3:00 PM
Sonoma International Film Festival
476 First Street East on the Plaza, Sonoma
For tickets and information visit www.sonomafilmfest.org
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