MoMI to Screen Five Films Featuring Zoe Bell, 1/7
Zoë Bell, the international action icon discovered by Quentin Tarantino, will appear at Museum of the Moving Image with a preview screening of her new film Raze, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. In this exciting and relentlessly hyperviolent action film directed by Josh Waller, she stars as a woman forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Leading in to this special screening and appearance, the Museum will also present a retrospective of her work-chronicling her transformation from stuntwoman to star-in the films Whip It, Death Proof, and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 on January 4 and 5. Schedule and descriptions are included below.
A New Zealand native, Zoë Bell started out as a gymnast and martial artist who worked as Lucy Lawless's stunt double in Xena: Warrior Princess. She was featured in the 2004 documentary Double Dare, about stuntwomen, a film that drew the attention of Quentin Tarantino and helped her land a role as Uma Thurman's stunt double in the Kill Bill films. Working on these films, Bell's days consisted of sword fights, body burns, karate, and all-out pugilism. She quickly became one of the most sought after stunt performers in Hollywood (appearing in Catwoman, Poseidon, and The Kingdom). With Tarantino's 2007 film, Death Proof, Bell played herself, in a role that showcased her amazing physicality and her instinctive acting ability. Drew Barrymore, in her 2009 directorial debut Whip It, likewise tapped Bell to play a veteran roller derby player who mentors newcomer Ellen Page.
About Bell, IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring says, "Quentin Tarantino has made some brilliant casting choices throughout his rich, cinematic career, and transitioning Zoë Bell from Kill Bill stuntwoman to action star is no exception. We are so excited the Museum of the Moving Image recognizes her immense talent and look forward to sharing all of her outstanding work with NYC audiences, culminating in the release of Raze."
SCHEDULE FOR 'ZOË BELL: FROM STUNTWOMAN TO STAR' JANUARY 4-7, 2014
Most screenings will take place in the Bartos Screening Room, with the preview screening of Raze to be shown in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater, at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria.
Saturday, January 4th, 1:30 P.M.
Dir. Drew Barrymore. 2009, 111 mins. 35mm. With Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Zoë Bell. Drew Barrymore's exciting directorial debut assembles a fierce all-girl dream team making a rowdy foray into the world of roller derby. Zoë Bell gets to show off her acting chops and her new-found roller skating skills as teammate Bloody Holly. Roger Ebert praised Whip It as "an unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's roller derby, assuming you have any."
Saturday, January 4th, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino. 2007, 113 mins. Digital projection. With Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan, Eli Roth. Quentin Tarantino dives deeply into his pulp-genre roots with Death Proof, a rip-roaring slasher flick that harkens back to the drive-in exploitation films of the 1950s. When a trio of Austin's foxiest femmes trot out at dusk for a fun night on the town, they fall victim to a weathered stuntman who uses his "death proof" muscle cars to execute his murderous plans. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell stars as herself, opposite Kurt Russell.