Milwaukee roller derby league featured in new film premiering tonight

Wisconsin's Morning News

Milwaukee's Brewcity Bruisers roller derby league is the focus of a new film debuting tonight.

“Roller Life” makes it world premiere at 7:00 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre.

The film takes an in-depth look at the dedication of Milwaukee's female roller derby players.

“It’s not like anything in sports,” executive producer Michael Brown tells Wisconsin’s Morning News. “These women are doctors, teachers, you name it. There are eight girls we kind of follow around [in the film], and they couldn’t be different, but the moment they step in the rink and put that helmet on, they are all one, they are all equal. It’s just a really uplifting story on how we have our bumps and bruises in our life, and on the track, and it just comes out that they’re all there for each other.”

The full-contact sport, which is dominated by women, is one that is quickly catching on.

 “It is the fastest growing sport in the world. As a matter of fact, where the sport is right now, is where mixed martial arts was ten years ago. And we all know how that has taken off; it’s taken over Vegas basically.”

Brown says there are some hurdles for the sport, but ones they’re hoping to overcome.

“It has a bum rap right now because it was fake in the 70s and 80s,” he says. “It was kind of like the WWE and fake wrestling is right now. But now, it’s a real thing. There’s over 300 sanctioned leagues. They’re trying to get an Olympic team. It’s not your old derby anymore.”

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To watch the trailer, click in the player below. 

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