DERBY CRAZY LOVE
Sponsored by: Salem Chamber Spring Restaurant Week & Van Ness Creative
Directed by Maya Gallus & Justine Pimlott
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE – Meet Smack Daddy, Iron Wench, Kamikaze Kitten, Suzy Hotrod, Bonnie Thunders and other badass warriors who are changing how we look at women in sport and femininity, one booty block at a time. These are the women behind the world’s fastest growing sport: Flat Track Roller Derby.
DERBY CRAZY LOVE takes viewers into the heart of the emerging roller derby phenomenon, a vibrant DIY community of third wave feminist empowerment where athletics and spectacle combine for an adrenaline-inducing experience. As the film begins, one of the most anticipated rematches in the new derby era looms as Montreal’s New Skids on the Block, a team of tattooed misfits, take on UK powerhouse London Rollergirls for a coveted shot at the international championships, while reigning world champions New York’s Gotham Girls (and cover girl Suzy Hotrod) defend their title.
But beyond the action on the track are human stories of athletes who’ve found a tribe, a sense of belonging, and a healthy outlet for aggression that women aren’t usually encouraged to express. DERBY CRAZY LOVE captures not only the evolution of a sport, but an international community of women who strap on skates to challenge themselves, each other, and the world.