Fake It So Real: New York Magazine Editors Pick: “Fascinating. It’s fun watching these guys “hurt” eachother.”

Another great review of Fake It So Real. This time it’s an editors’ pick in New York Magazine!!!

Fake It So Real (Editors 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.

 

Fake It So Real in the Wall Street Journal

By STEVE DOLLAR

‘Fake It So Real’

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Friday-Jan. 19

Robert Greene chalks up a lot to the wisdom of uncertainty. The filmmaker, who is based in Beacon, N.Y., is creating his own niche with intensely personal documentaries shot so fearlessly on the fly—within specifically limited, and likely sleepless, time frames—that they seem like minor miracles. Then again, he seems to have an innate sense for character-driven narrative and the apparent deep trust of his subjects.

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Factory 25Hojo Devlin gets the drop on Zane in Robert Greene’s documentary ‘Fake It So Real.’

As with “Kati with an i,” his 2010 Gotham Award-nominated film that followed his half-sister on her high-school graduation weekend, his new film is set in the deep South and features a relative as one of its main subjects. He goes by the name Chris Solar, and like his cohorts in the film, he’s an aspiring professional wrestler. The consequences of a birth defect robbed him of a belly button, which leaves him even more reason to kick butt.

Superstars in their own area code, the members of the Millennium Wrestling Federation of Lincolnton, N.C., may play cartoonish heroes and villains inside the ring, but their real-life ambitions are no joke. “Fake It So Real” captures a week in the life of this rough-and-tumble fraternity of small-town head crushers, allowing generous elbow room for sometimes ridiculous, sometimes heart-tugging swerves of eccentricity as individual struggles are subsumed by the communal glory of the big match. Mr. Greene, himself a wrestling enthusiast, establishes a jocular yet intimate rapport that reveals the passion and contradictions binding this disparate group of working-class men together.

Everyone has his reasons for chasing his peculiarly punishing dream, whether it’s the crew’s naive rookie, Gabriel (“GAYbriel”) Croft, who copes with some deeply seated emotional problems; or the chubby J-Prep, whose outsized posterior becomes part of his schtick when he enters the ring to the thump of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

Shot with the nimble-jointed cinematographer Sean Price Williams, the film resonates with the jarring physicality of face chops and body slams. It even inspired a number of Mr. Greene’s indie-film peers to channel their inner Hulk Hogan and make their own pro-wrestling-style boasts on a series of promotional clips (watch them at vimeo.com/album/1793798). Along with Mr. Greene, some of them will be on hand for the film’s premiere Friday, and mayhem could well ensue.

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. Sure, these guys live for the moment when they get to stomp someone’s head, but they wear their hearts on their sleeve.

Fake It So Real Promo #4 with Director Craig Butta

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo #4 get’s hardcore with actor/director Craig Butta…You better stay out of his way if you wear flannel or Buddy Holly glasses:

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

More info on the Factory 25 Fake It So Real Site

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
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)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

Michael Tully, Director of Septien & a bad idea in Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promo #3:

Septien director, Michael Tully with a cat, a “wrestling rink,” and a bad idea, talks trash in this Promo—Shot on VHS!!!!

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

More info on the Factory 25 Fake It So Real Site

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
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)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

Fake It So Real Theatrical Promos for day 1 & 2 by Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) & Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Rooftop Films)

Robert Greene’s southern indie-wrestling film is opening on January 13th and every day we will be posting new promo…Today’s is by Alex Ross Perry (Director of Color Wheel and Impolex) and yesterdays was by Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Rooftop Films)…

ALEX ROSS PERRY’S FAKE IT SO REAL, LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES PROMO:

MARK ELIJAH ROSENBERG-GOING TO BRING SOME PAIN TO FAKE IT SO REAL SCREENINGS:

The Film Opens on January 13th at reRun Theater in Brooklyn.

SHOWTIMES:
FRIDAY, January 13 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
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)

Go here to buy tickets for the reRun screenings

FAKE IT SO REAL OFFICIAL TRAILER:

ABOUT THE FILM:

Fake it So Real follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina over the course of a week leading up to a big show. The film explores what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. The wrestlers aren’t paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats their work. Fake It So Real shares the triumphs and heartaches of an often under-appreciated American art form.

Directed by ROBERT GREENE
Produced by DOUGLAS TIROLA and SUSAN BEDUSA
Cinematography by SEAN PRICE WILLIAMS and ROBERT GREENE

Festivals: CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,  CPH: DOX, CUCALORUS, DOCYARD, FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI , INDIE MEMPHIS, MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL, ROOFTOP FILMS, SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL, TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL



Press

“In the tradition of the Maysles brothers, Greene films without comment and leaves it to the viewer to draw conclusions with some interesting contradictions to consider.”
Variety

“Fake it So Real is Real.”
WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund

“Absorbing and heartfelt.”
Spout

 

 

Factory 25’s favorite films of the year!!! (the narratives)

Here are my favorite narrative films of the year, in a kind of order (there are three clusters, a group tie for first, second and third). Oddly, three of the films have the prolific Robert Longstreet…Some of the films haven’t been as easy to check out as Drive or Red State, but many will be released in 2012…Hunt these films down…

 

The Color Wheel by Alex Ross Perry
The Oregonian by Calvin Lee Reeder
Bad Fever by Dustin Guy Defa
Green By Sophia Takal
Septien by Michael Tully
The Catechism Cataclysm by Todd Rohal
Sound of My Voice by Zal Batmanglij
Loveless by Ramin Serry
Lord Byron by Zack Goodshall
Wuss by Clay Liford

New Neutral Milk Hotel Video for the song Naomi by Naomi

Check out the new Neutral Milk Hotel Video by Naomi Yang (of the band Damon and Naomi– who released the amazing 1001 Nights DVD/LP on Factory 25). The song was pretty much a stalker song written by Jeff Magnum about an obsession with Naomi Yang…fast forward to 2011 and Naomi makes a video for the song about her…

Here it is:

Check out Naomi’s other great videos: Here

and the Neutral Milk Hotel’s box set looks pretty amazing as well:  Here