“Queens of Pain” to premiere at the NJ at the Indie Street Film Festival


originally published: 08/28/2021

(FORT MONMOUTH, NJ) – Queens of pain will premiere in New Jersey at the Indie Street Film Festival on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. at Fort Monmouth Drive-in. One of the most successful teams in New York sports history, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is a feminist powerhouse of elite, misfit and renegade athletes. The film follows three women – Suzy Hotrod, Evilicious, and Captain Smack Sparrow – as they struggle to balance life in New York City with the work needed to maintain their place on the world’s best roller derby team.

The team’s ties to Jersey are strong: Co-manager Cassie Hay skated for the Garden State Rollergirls in Newark for a while, competing at Asbury Park and spending time in Wildwood. Hay has lived in New Jersey for 8 years, while co-director Amy Winston has family in Holmdel, NJ. One of the main subjects of the film, Suzy Hotrod, is originally a girl from South Jersey.

“We are very happy to bring Queens of pain at the Indie Street Film Festival, ”Wilson said. “The organizers of Indie Street firmly believe in connecting people through the arts, and I don’t think there has ever been a more critical time to build community by sharing stories of resilience and hope, like ours. “

Suzy hotrod, one of the world’s most renowned roller derby stars, is a Catholic schoolgirl turned punk rocker who has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated and ESPN. In her 15th season, Suzy continues to compete at an elite level against women half her age while facing the sacrifices she made to play and the legacy she will leave behind.

bad struggles to get back on skates and pass a skills test after a surprise pregnancy and difficult Caesarean section. Determined, Eva tries to adjust to a grueling training schedule, a hectic career, and raising a newborn baby. She wants to retire on her own terms after her 15th season, but will she be able to survive this one?

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New to Sports, Newly Engaged and Testing New Body After Major Weight Loss Surgery, Rookie Captain Smack Sparrow dive into the world of roller derby to challenge your body, gain confidence and be accepted in the tribe. When she loses her job shortly before her wedding, everything she worked for is on the line.

Director Cassie Hay skated with Gotham Roller Derby from 2006 to 2011. As a writer and documentary filmmaker, Hay has always wanted to tell the story of these athletes in a way that is normally not seen by audiences: from a woman’s point of view – and a former player – from the point of view.

In 2017, with the rise of the #MeToo movement, directors Hay and Winston began discussing more about the myriad of obstacles women face in pursuing their passions – a significant issue for them and at the heart of this story.

After assembling a talented team and raising $ 32,910 through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Queens of pain was filmed during several sleep-deprived weekends in New York City with the crew coming from San Francisco and Austin.

Since filming, Hay and Winston have presented, secured and hosted the “SIDELINED: Women’s Sports in Mass Media” panel at SXSW 2019. Queens of pain premiered at the Austin Film Festival and premiered at the Sheffield International Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and Big Bear Film Summit.

The Indie Street Film Festival will also have online screenings from September 13-19. Click here rent the movie.

Co-director, Cassie Hay is a former Gotham Girls skater and documentary filmmaker whose first feature The Liberators premiered at SXSW and has been released worldwide. His cinematic work includes major film productions (The Wolf of Wall Street, For Colored Girls), television (The Leftovers, Bored to Death, Law & Order), commercials, etc. More recently, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Co-director, Amy Winston is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. With a background in creative writing, content production and strategy, she has spent the last decade creating marketing and advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and the world’s biggest brands including Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks. , Intel and Google.

Roller derby, practiced on an inclined track, was first designed in the 1930s and was popular in the United States until the 1970s. In the early 2000s, modern women’s roller derby made its debut in Austin, Texas. Beginning with the Texas Rollergirls, flat track roller derby leagues began to form as businesses run by the athletes themselves. This iteration of the sport spread like wildfire over the following years, as the ability to play on an ice rink or other venue, rather than building and storing a large track in the bank, made it possible to play the game. game pretty much anywhere.

While the original version of the sport became more of a show with fights and staging, roller derby today is a legitimate sport played by real athletes.

Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) – the international governing body of women’s roller derby on flat track – represents more than 450 member leagues on 6 continents.

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