2001: The birth of an all-girl roller derby revolution begins in
a revolution ain't an easy affair. After overcoming countless hurdles
to organize, recruit and train, the rowdy rollergirls known as Bad
Girl, Good Woman (BGGW) enjoy a smashingly successful first
year, only to find a rift forming among the ranks of the 80 women.
Polarized by issues of insurance, finances, and the direction the
league should take, disenchanted skaters pull together and collectively
bring their grievances to management. Accusations fly, and emotions
run high as the two camps face off.
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.
What emerges from the near-disaster are the Lonestar Rollergirls
and the Texas Rollergirls. Both leagues pioneer
a modern era of roller derby and inspire thousands of women across
the US to follow suit.
over a four year period and utilizing both verite footage and interviews,
Hell on Wheels documents the creation of modern-era
roller derby’s first two leagues. We are currently in post-production
on this exciting film project.
media are moving in and the Austin leagues have been featured on
Good Morning America, The Today Show, Access
Hollywood, Comedy Central’s Insomniac, on the
ABC show Switched, The CBS Morning Show, HD Net
TV, MTV2, A&E, ESPN, TNT and on A&E with the reality
show "Rollergirls." Articles have appeared in
Spin, Jane, Bust, Paper, New York Times, Los Angeles Times,
Playboy Magazine, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Newsday and
several other national and international publications. There are
currently two roller derby leagues operating in Austin: Bad
Girl, Good Woman Productions (www.BGGW.com
aka TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls) and the Texas
are currently operating in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago,
Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, North Carolina, Dallas, Nevada, Tucson,
Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Portland, New Jersey, Detroit,
Minneapolis, Madison, Denver and beyond.