Gayle Anderson was live in downtown Los Angeles with the L.A. DERBY DOLLS, the all female, amateur, banked-track roller derby league in Los Angeles. The roller derby league is featured in the FOX Searchlight feature film, WHIP IT (October 2nd 2009 national release), starring Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis but the real star of the film is the sport of roller derby.
The L.A. Derby Dolls (www.derbydolls.com/la) is proud to represent the sport and its spirit of being your own hero with its participation in the film. SoCal fans can catch WHIP IT on the big screen and then visit the home of the L.A. DERBY DOLLS, the Doll Factory, for a live bout on October 24th game is the SIRES VS. FIGHT CREW.
Tickets are now available to purchase at www.derbydolls.com/la
General admission tickets are $17 online and $20.00 at the door; VIP tickets are $40.00. The Doll Factory is located at 1910 Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (between Alvarado and Union). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and close at half time. General parking is available for $8 at Silver Lake Medical Center, 1711 West Temple (near the intersection of Temple and Union), one block east of the Doll Factory. This is a 21 and over event, featuring beer and wine.
Getting back to the movie, screenwriter Shauna Cross adapted her own book and based much of the film on her experiences with the L.A. Derby Dolls (LADD), whom she skated with as an original member of the Sirens for three years as "Maggie Mayhem."
WHIP IT co-stars LADD skaters Kristen "Krissy Krash" Adolfi and Rachel "Iron Maiven" Piplica as the silent but deadly Manson Sisters, teammates on Page's character's team, the Hurl Scouts. Adolfi and Piplica are teammates on LADD's Tough Cookies, on whom the film's fictionalized Hurl Scouts are based.
The film's actresses were trained by Alex "Axles of Evil" Cohen, a popular KPCC radio host and LADD skater who also acted as a consultant for the film. Other trainers for the film include Jennifer "Kasey Bomber" Barbee and Erin "Myna Threat" Smith, both former LADD skaters.
Barbee and Cohen are currently writing a book titled DOWN AND DERBY: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO ROLLER DERBY (Soft Skull Press: 2010), which documents the sport's history in all its do-it-yourself glory.
Adolfi and Piplica have kept busy since making their feature film debut. Piplica is the captain of the Tough Cookies, and as a respected production manager for Lucky 13 Apparel, is launching her own company creating custom roller derby uniforms for leagues, called Iron Doll Clothing (www.irondollclothing.com). Adolfi, captain of the LADD's all-star team, is a health and nutrition coach (www.loseweightnow.com/adolfi). In addition, the banked track featured in WHIP IT was built and designed by Kitten Traxx's Bitchy Kitten, the architect behind LADD's track. While there are more than 400 flat track leagues nationwide, there are only five banked track leagues. The thrilling slopes of the banked track create the ultimate spectator sport, but are costly to house.