A documentary about the growing craze of queer roller derby is seeking crowd-funding.
The Vagine Regime, made by LA-based filmmaker Erica Tremblay, reports on a subculture of roller derby in the US of the same name.
Since the early 2000s, a punk, tongue-in-cheek, DIY culture has emerged in all-female roller derby, a sport that may join the Olympics in 2020.
Tremblay’s film interviews queer roller derby players and discusses accepting transwomen into all-female teams.
‘This is already a sport that is pushing boundaries for women and I’m not going to come in and take away from this thing that is already counter-culture and against the grain of how people believe women should behave,’ says a transwoman whose roller derby name is Fifi Nomenon.
‘There was the whole argument of transgender players potentially being bigger, stronger, faster and I think that’s just bullshit because I want to play the biggest, strongest, fastest,’ says another queer roller derby player.
‘Playing roller derby has really made me feel accepted and that I can be whoever I want and that I can like whoever I want,’ says lesbian player Killa Nois.
The project has already raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter.com and has three days to raise $5,000 more.
The trend of transwomen being accepting into all-female roller derby teams has also hit the UK, as shown in the video for the Pet Shop Boys’ latest single Winner.
Watch a video about The Vagine Regime documentary here: