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SHIMMER, RISE and Gnarly Pop Production to present Life, Love & Lady Wrestling – LIVE!

On Saturday, September 30th, SHIMMER, RISE and Gnarly Pop Productions will be hosting a special joint event titled Life, Love & Lady Wrestling LIVE! in Chicago, IL celebrating women’s wrestling on film and in the squared circle.

First, from the legendary Music Box Theatre, there will be a matinee screening of Signature Move which tells the story of two Chicago women, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) and Alma (Sari Sanchez), from different cultural backgrounds, who bond over lucha-style wrestling and fall in love.

After the screening of the film, there will be a women’s pro wrestling show that will take place at “The Hangar” at Fort Knox Studios, which will feature talent from around the country will be on hand, including Mae Young Classic competitors Mercedes Martinez and Rachael Ellering.

Read the following press release, which details the full wrestling card of the event, below:


Signature Move Indie Film + Women’s Indie Wrestling Card Comes to Chicago!


Chicago, IL, USA September 18, 2017 – On Saturday, September 30, 2017, a joint event celebrating women’s wrestling will be taking place at two special venues in Chicago. The producers of the film Signature Move, in connection with Gnarly Pop Productions, Inc., and the producers of SHIMMER and RISE, will host a matinee screening of the film, followed by an exclusive women’s pro wrestling show, featuring some of the biggest names in independent wrestling, at the same location where the film’s exciting wrestling scenes were filmed.

This unique event begins at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL) with a matinee screening of Signature Move at 2:00pm US CT, followed by an exciting live women’s wrestling show at Fort Knox Studio’s “The Hangar” (4255 N. Knox Ave, Chicago, IL). Doors open at 5:00pm, and show time is 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Top talent from around the country will be performing at the show, including WWE Mae Young Classic® competitors “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez (SHIMMER Champion) and second-generation star Rachael Ellering. The show will also feature Thunderkitty and Randi West (who appear in the film), and special guest ring announcer Sarah Shockey (from the Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling podcast).

Tickets are on sale now exclusively at Tickets must be purchased in advance (no event ticket sales at The Music Box or at The Hangar door). $30.00 (general admission seating to movie + wrestling show) or $50.00 (front row seating at wrestling show + general admission movie seating). One ticket includes both shows (guests are free to attend one or both). Movie only tickets can be purchased through The Music Box Theatre.

Signature Move is the debut feature from Newcity’s Chicago Film Project and Full Spectrum Features, set in Chicago with a Chicago-based cast and crew. Directed by Jennifer Reeder, this lighthearted film tells the story of two Chicago women, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) and Alma (Sari Sanchez), from different cultural backgrounds, who bond over lucha-style wrestling and fall in love.  “One of ‘The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2017’” – Filmmaker Magazine

Chicago Film Production is the film and television production arm of Newcity, “The Publication of Record for Chicago Culture” for more than 33 years. Full Spectrum Features NFP ( is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts. Gnarly Pop Productions, Inc. ( is a Chicago-based entertainment and event services company. “

Click here for Ticket Packages to the event.

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