Mabry, best known for his Portland skateboard-scene documentary Rip City, spent eight months as an embedded reporter with the Rose City Rollers, an experience he likens to covering a war on Wonder Womans Amazonian island.
These women own their bodies, their actions, their voices, and every aspect of their sport. Ive been told its the biggest womens movement since suffrage, and its the second-fastest-growing sport in America after mixed martial arts. When I started filming, most of the teams were competing in high school gyms. Now theyre skating in big arenas. These women are so badass, you cant help but get wrapped up in the excitement.
Brutal Beauty screens tonight at Starz FilmCenter at 5:15, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., with Mabry in attendance; additional showings take place tomorrow and Sunday. Starz is in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus; tickets are $7 to $9.75. For more information, go to www.denverfilm.org.
Oct. 29-31, 2010