HEELKICK: THE REAL WOMEN OF WRESTLING
Director: Kate Kroll
Producers: Kate Kroll, Bryan Sullivan
Genre: Three-part documentary web series
A documentary series seen from the POV of filmmaker and emerging wrestler, Kate Kroll, as she sets out to discover the flourishing culture of women’s pro wrestling from three perspectives. We begin in Canada where we explore at the term ‘Diva’. What pressures do female pro wrestlers face in N. America and how has the industry evolved? Then off to Mexico, home of Lucha Libre, the oldest form of modern-day pro wrestling. We discover that the Luchadoras, the masked women of wrestling, have always been quite prominent there. We will attend an Exotico match and discover a new emergence of transgender wrestlers. Finally, we’re in Bolivia to meet the Fighting Cholitas and learn that these women are using wrestling as a means to raise women’s status in society and fight Indigenous oppression.
Directors: Kate Kroll
Writer: Kate Kroll
Genre: Documentary, Feature length
Entertainment wrestling is often seen as muscle men in tight spandex but in Bolivia, it’s the catalyst for a gender revolution. How can a sport best associated with machismo and testosterone be used as a tool for feminism? Meet Bolivia’s Fighting Cholitas.
Calamity Kate and the Fighting Cholitas is a POV documentary that follows Vancouver filmmaker and entertainment wrestler, “Calamity Kate” Kate Kroll, on a journey to El Alto, Bolivia to train with the Titans of the Ring wrestling team - the home of the Fighting Cholitas. While she gets her ass kicked in the ring, learning real Lucha Libre wrestling, she also immerses herself in the lives of the Cholita luchadoras and understands how much more is at stake than simply executing a bodyslam correctly.
CALAMITY KATE AND THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS
Director: Kate Kroll
Writer: Victoria Angell
Producers: Kate Kroll, Victoria Angell
Genre: Comedy , feature length
Darla and Marnie grew up in the 80s as hard-partying, rock-loving club girls with no plans for tomorrow. After 30 years on hold, these aging rockers are hitting a mid-life crisis at top speed. When Marnie's mom passes away after a long illness, the pair finally find the momentum they need to snap out of their stalled lives and hit the road on a pilgrimage to one last rock show that they'll never forget.