Posted by: pop-break | April 29, 2013

Pop-Preview: Barbed Wire City to Premiere in NYC

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On Saturday May 4, Barbed Wire City, the unauthorized documentary on Extreme Championship Wrestling, will make its New York City debut at the Gramercy Theater (127 E. 23rd Street).

The documentary is a raw and honest look at the Philadelphia-based wrestling promotion which set the wrestling world on its ear which sadly closed its doors in 2001.

However, don’t think this is just another wrestling documentary that just chronicles the history of the promotion — Barbed Wire City actually looks at the subculture the promotion fostered.

The event will be hosted by former ECW ring announcer Stephen DeAngelis and other ECW alum like The Blue Meanie as well as the producers of the film.

The tickets for the screening, hosted by our friends at Rocks Off, are on sale now. Click this link for ticket purchases.

For info on the film, check out the official press release below and stay tuned for our interview with BWC‘s John Philapavage this week.

Barbed Wire City, an independent documentary, studies the history of, and people who made, Extreme Championship Wrestling a cult sensation in the 1990s. We took an intimate look at the subculture of a subculture, and found a very human story about athletes who see themselves as entertainers, and were willing to take massive amounts of punishment for little money based on the promise of something more within their industry. This is a film about culture and human beings—who just happen to use tables and chairs and violent acts as part of their performance art. This documentary is not owned or supported by the WWE.

We like to call this the study of a subculture’s subculture. Pro Wrestling is a world that is an odd island to most people. In the 1990s, Extreme Championship Wrestling was the bizarre underground of that subculture. We wanted to bring the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this promotion to the mainstream, its ups and its downs, from its beginning in the early 90s all the way into 2012. We’ve shot 50 hours of footage and conducted over 60 interviews to give context and accuracy to this oral history. This has been a labor of love, as the project began when both filmmakers were 19, in March of 2000.”


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