Fake It So Real
NYC Theatrical Premiere, One Week Only!
*** Filmmaker ROBERT GREENE and Special Guests
at every single show! ***
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"In this engrossing documentary, the independent filmmaker Robert Greene insinuates himself and his sharp-eyed cinematographer, Sean Price Williams, into the lives and labors of the performers of the independent Millennium Wrestling Federation (based in Lincolnton, North Carolina), and reveals the surprising and demanding attributes and passions of their art."
- Richard Brody, THE NEW YORKER
"[CRITICS' PICK!] This fascinating little verite documentary following a gaggle of oddball indie pro wrestlers in North Carolina contrasts the subjects' playful bluster with their more sensitive, intimate moments, thus becoming a subtle riff-note the title-on the curious tension between oneself and one's constructed identity. Also, it's fun watching these guys 'hurt' each other."
- Bilge Ebiri, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Beyond its sheer entertainment value, which is nearly boundless, the deeper appeal of FAKE IT lies in getting these raucous big lugs to expose their vulnerabilities (amid issues of class, race, culture and masculine identity) without ever becoming canned anthropology or a joke at anyone's expense."
- Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Vivid! The big night is sheer carnival hokum, an undistilled backwoods theater of makeup, masks, vinyl trunks and relentless pounding."
- Andy Webster, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"In the tradition of the Maysles brothers, Greene films without comment and leaves it to the viewer to draw conclusions... A strong viewing and listening experience!"
- Robert Kohler, VARIETY
"If you're looking for a film to take the piss out of wrestling and laugh at the aspirations of working class dreamers, look elsewhere. Instead, FAKE IT SO REAL provides something far more vital and moving; an examination of the fantasy lives of men whose experiences and aspirations are rarely articulated in the cinema."
- Tom Hall, HAMMER TO NAIL
WATCH THE TRAILER:
FAKE IT SO REAL is an entertainingly vivid and surprisingly poignant peek into the Southern circuit of independent pro wrestling. Directed by Robert Greene (KATI WITH AN I) and co-photographed by Sean Price Williams (THE COLOR WHEEL), the documentary hit of True/False, Rooftop Films and CPH:DOX makes its NYC theatrical premiere with a week-long run, January 13 - 19.
Filmed over a pivotal week leading up to Saturday's main event, FAKE IT SO REAL follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when their over-the-top theatrics in the ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Young rookie Gabriel aspires for the Big Time, and to gain acceptance within this close-knit family of tough guys. Troupe leader Jeff may miss his first show in a decade due to a debilitating injury. With elaborate backstories and flamboyant costumes, J-Prep, Zane, Pitt, Solar and the rest of the crew each face their own obstacles on their way to the top.
They aren't paid for their passion, but these weekend warriors treat wrestling like painters do canvas. Delivering all the grit, spit, sweat, dirt and blood inherent to its subject, FAKE IT SO REAL affectionately honors this brotherhood's physical feats, artistic triumphs, and unending dreams.
94 minutes. In English. Presented in Blu-ray. Unrated. A Factory 25 release.
SHOWTIMES (* SPECIAL GUESTS EVERY NIGHT *):
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm)
SATURDAY, January 14 (7pm, 10pm)
SUNDAY, January 15 (1pm)
MONDAY, January 16 (10pm)
TUESDAY, January 17 (10pm)
WEDNESDAY, January 18 (7pm)
THURSDAY, January 19 (7pm)
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