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Bob Ray's Hell on Wheels

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For those of you who remember your adolescent trips to the roller rink, Bob Ray's documentary Hell on Wheels may remind you of a junior high birthday party gone bad.

Bob Ray, an award-winning independent film director, is bringing his documentary film to the Egyptian Theatre for its Idaho debut. The movie follows a rough group of women from Austin, Texas, who in 2001 decided to usher in a revival of the relatively unknown sport roller derby. Roller derby is an odd mix of the '80s roller-skating craze and the smash-your-face-in attitude of rugby. Interestingly enough, the sport is most popular among tattooed, Betty Page-esque ladies--likely because of its scrappy, punk rock ethos. The film takes a look at the inner turmoil and hardship faced by these independent fems and how their eventual success marked the birth of 21st century roller derby, a sport that has spread all around the globe.

Boise is the fourth stop on Bob Ray's Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour 2010. Hell on Wheels will be playing at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Boise's own Treasure Valley Roller Girls, a local all-girls roller derby league.

Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m. doors, $8, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.