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Indiegogo campaign supports roller derby film

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 13, 2014 - 4:57 PM |
Local filmmaker Beth Mairs is looking to raise about $4,500 on Indiegogo for her  film Roll-Her Dervish, which is about the Greater Sudbury Roller Derby. Supplied photo.

Local filmmaker Beth Mairs is looking to raise about $4,500 on Indiegogo for her film Roll-Her Dervish, which is about the Greater Sudbury Roller Derby. Supplied photo.

In the spring of 2012, local filmmaker Beth Mairs ran into a roller-derby girl, who pitched her on the idea of making a documentary about their brand new league.

For the next 12 months, Mairs and friend Dan Thomson covered the Greater Sudbury Roller Derby's bouts, practices and some of the players’ back stories.


“As a feminist, roller derby as an essentially all-women sport intrigued and repelled me — at the same time,” Mairs said.

“The spirit of these young women and their aspirations has been a huge draw. I think audiences will really relate to their challenges and this story.”

The result is “Roll-Her Dervish.” Mairs recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise about $4,500 to pay for the film's post-production. The project has already secured 25 per cent of its goal.

Those interested in contributing to the project are asked to visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/roll-her-dervish-documentary.

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