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CLAW, Women's Arm Wrestling Documentary, Screens at Paramount

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

January 17, 2013

You have the chance to see a local documentary in Charlottesville for possibly the last time on the big screen.

CLAW features the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, a local group that has spread with chapters around the nation.

Saturday night at 8, CLAW returns to the Paramount Theater with an empowering message.

"This movie has actually helped create and spawn all sorts of new interests, leagues, characters. I think that if you're a woman coming to this, you're going to immediately think, 'Who would I wrestle? Who would be my entourage?' If you're a guy coming to it, you're gonna say, 'how can I be involved?'" said Brian Wimer, the director of CLAW and Amoeba Films.

CLAW had a reception at the Virginia Film Festival last fall where it won the festival's Audience Award for Best Documentary. It is also touring the nation with stops in New York, Austin, Chicago, and Seattle.

"CLAW [is] like roller derby, like Burning Man, where you can be different. You get to step out of the role of your life: 'I'm a teacher, I work at a grocery store, I do film editing, whatever it is that you do," said Wimer. "You get to say, 'i'm not that tonight. Tonight I'm going to be what I always wanted to be, what I've always been afraid of becoming.' You get to live that, and that's rare."

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

For more information on CLAW and its showing at the Paramount, the documentary's website.

If you're interested in making movies, Wimer recommends checking out the Filmmaker's Republik, a group connecting the local film community.

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