ECW, Hogan Films Added To First Annual “Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival”
24Wrestling.com reader Kevin Gill sent along the following:
The first annual Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival is proud to announce two additional films that will screen as part of our celebration of pro wrestling this November at the Kraine Theater in New York City:
Special NYC Screening!
SADERMANIA (2013, Director Adam Gacka)
SATURDAY November 23rd – 11 AM, Doors 10:30 AM
Even if you have a passing casual reflection on the world of professional wrestling, you know who the red & yellow emblazoned Hulk Hogan is. Icon of the 1980s national wrestling explosion, Hogan remains one of the most well known celebrities of his era, parlaying that into reality TV, feature films and much more. But, despite the hype, the prayers, the training, the vitamins and the larger than life persona he’s cultivated, Hulk Hogan is just another mortal man – but one that has inspired countless others with his exploits.
There is perhaps no one in the world more moved than Chris Sader, the world’s number one Hulkamaniac. SADERMANIA tells the story of their inspirational tale, as Sader and Hogan relate how they met and developed a bond through mutual struggles and personal loss that each would have faced alone if not for the unlikely friendship that develops between them.
What happens when fan befriends his hero? That’s the power of SADERMANIA.
To order tickets to the SADERMANIA screening, click here
Time to Get Extreme!
BARBED WIRE CITY (2013, Directors John Philapavage & Kevin Kiernan)
SATURDAY November 23rd – 4 PM Doors 3:30 PM
“The Most Accurate Telling of the ECW Story” – Joey Styles, the voice of Extreme Championship Wrestling
Utilizing a recipe of over the top theatrics, balls to the wall violence and vibrant characterizations so deep they cut to the bone and an audience so passionate they became part of the show, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) exemplified the excess of its era, becoming the punk rock pro wrestling product.
So what happens when a wrestling promotion so steeped in originality sees its concepts poached by larger, international companies with a far wider audience and far deeper pockets? Co-Directors John Philapavage and Kevin Kiernan’s critically acclaimed documentary digs deep into the psyche and history of the ECW culture to examine what made it tick, why so many lived and died by the initials and what happened to these hard-living, hard-performing eclectic personalities when ECW ceased to exist.
Often compared to Nirvana’s influence on music, ECW changed the professional wrestling landscape as well as the lives of its performers and fans forever. BARBED WIRE CITY took a decade to film and complete in order to provide a final epitaph on the gravestone of the only pro wrestling promotion in history that saw it’s audience rescue it from the brink of oblivion…and then resurrect it.
Following Barbed Wire City’s screening, Co-Directors John Philapavage & Kevin Kiernan, Strictly ECW Fan campaign leader Tony Lewis and a number of performers from the original ECW will be on hand for a special Q&A discussion on the film and legacy of ECW.
To order tickets to the BARBED WIRE CITY screening, click here.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS:
Thursday November 21st – To order tickets for OPENING NIGHT MANIA featuring Colt Cabana & Friends, click here.
Friday November 22nd – To order tickets to the World Premiere screening of Adam Pearce’s documentary SEVEN LEVELS OF HATE, click here.
Saturday November 23rd – To order tickets to Cody Knott’s NYC debut screening of PRO WRESTLERS VS. ZOMBIES, click here.
If you are a director or producer looking to solicit your film for inclusion in the Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival, email RocksOffProWrestling@gmail.com.
The first annual Rocks Off Film Festival will take place the weekend of 11/21-11/23 in New York City at the Kraine Theater. The event will feature a number of special events and screenings including live appearances by Directors and wrestling stars for post-screening Q&As, a special comedy event as $5 Wrestling Presents Colt Cabana & Friends Watch Bad Movies and more – all to celebrate, spotlight and exploit the unique sporting genre known as professional wrestling. All events will be hosted by Kevin Gill, the voice of Juggalo Championship Wrestling. For more on all the events scheduled and complete ticketing information, visit www.rocksoff.com/filmfest.