The first ever Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival began last night at the Kraine Theater in New York City, bringing in a sellout crowd for the opening night events, including several short films and the Colt Cabana & Friends Sit In A Theater & Watch Bad Wrestling show. Cabana was joined by comedian Chris Gethard (who signed a deal for a Comedy Central pilot the day before) and Mike Lawrence.
Those in attendance included Matt Striker, WWE Encyclopedia co-author Brian Shields and Headlocked author Michael Kingston. There were a few members of the WWE staff there as well.
Those who bought Iron Man VIP tickets were given a free Film Festival poster. Everyone else got free popcorn, drinks, a one week complimentary pass to Neon Alley (which plays CHIKARA online) and a free pair of “Chew Bubblegum & Kick Ass” emblazoned sunglasses.
The festival has been mentioned in Time Out New York, The New York Times, AintItCoolNews.com and several NYC-centric publications, websites and blogs.
Here are details of the rest of the schedule:
FRIDAY 11/22: SEVEN LEVELS OF HATE SCREENING DOORS 6:30
World Premiere Screening of Adam Pearce’s Seven Levels of Hate documentary looking at his feud against Colt Cabana and the backstage politics that changed its plans forever. Pearce and NECW promoter Sheldon Goldberg (who is featured in the documentary) will take part in a post-screening Q&A with Kevin Gill. Doors at 6 PM, screening at 6:30 PM. Seven Levels will be preceded by the short film “They Came For the Stiff” (Director Kenny Johnson, 2011) featuring Sami Callihan’s road to a big match against veteran Dave Finlay.
SATURDAY 11/23: A FULL DAY OF PROGRAMMING!
11 AM – Special NYC screening of Adam Backer’s Sadermania documentary, looking at the close friendship between Hulk Hogan and his top fan, Chris Sader as they both face tragedies in their respective families together. Doors at 10:45 AM, screening at 11 AM.
1:15 PM FIRST NYC SCREENING – EVER! Filmed at Detroit’s Big Time Wrestling, I Like to Hurt People “documents” the attempts to stop the savage Original Sheik from destroying the Motor City, featuring wrestling legends Abdullah the Butcher, Andre the Giant, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Ox Baker, Dory Funk Jr., Dick The Bruiser, Bobo Brazil and more! This special screening will in fact be the first time the film has ever screened theatrically in the New York City! I LIKE TO HURT PEOPLE will screen with a special high quality print direct from the film’s owners! Following the screening, Ox Baker, who faces the Sheik in the film, will be on hand for a special Q&A Session with KG Kevin Gil! Doors at 1 PM, screening at 1:15 PM.
4 PM – Special screening of ECW documentary Barbed Wire City, looking at the rise and fall of what was one of pro wrestling’s most unique sub-cultures and the lasting mark the promotion made on fans and performers, good and bad. Strictly ECW’s Tony Lewis and BWC Directors & Producers Kevin Keirnan and John Philapavage, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and discussion with KG Kevin Gil. We are working some additional surprises as well! Doors at 3:30 PM, screening at 4 PM.
8 PM – The NYC debut of Cody Knotts’ Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies as WWE Hall of Famers Hacksaw Duggan and Roddy Piper lead Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas and more face off against an undead army of darkness! Writer-Director Cody Knotts, female lead Adrienne Fischer and more from the cast and crew will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
For more on the first-ever Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival, visit www.ProWrestlingFilmFestival.com