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Total Badass and Hell on Wheels 

Austin, Texas, filmmaker Bob Ray is a fan of punk rock and an alternative, DIY approach to just about anything. His 2007 film Hell on Wheels is a fun and chaotic chronicle of the development of women's roller derby leagues in Austin. And though it's full of high-speed, rolling catfights on the track, there's plenty of battling behind the scenes as the women work out the business end of a startup. More recently, Ray completed the documentary Total Badass, about Austin character Chad Holt (pictured, left), a booze-, drugs- and sex-obsessed publisher of a free-spirited and crass magazine (Whoopsy), a musician and all around agent provocateur. Holt is obviously a bright and creative guy, but he's also a convicted felon who lives with his parents. Althought there's something admirable about the way he lives his life in the moment and is very candid about his views, he's not a terribly likable or sympathetic person. Perhaps Austinites are amused by the spectacle, but it's debatable whether Ray's film succeeds in finding any redeeming aspect of Holt's countercultural bravado. Ray and Holt will attend the screening. Members of the Big Easy Roller Girls will attend the Hell on Wheels screening. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello

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Nov. 12

Total Badass

7 p.m. Friday

Hell on Wheels

9:30 p.m. Friday

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net

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