Wednesday, May 30, 2012

‘Fight Church’ Documentary Relies on Kickstarter

Well, he’s at it again. Director Bryan Storkel messed with people’s minds with his documentary “Holy Rollers: the True Story of CardCounting Christians” a few months ago. That award-winning documentary told the story of a team of card counting Christians who took millions from Vegas. Now, he’s teamed up with Daniel Junge, director of “Saving Face” (Documentary film about Pakistani women who are victims of acid violence), “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” (about the assisted suicide ballot initiative in Washington State) and “They Killed Sister Dorothy” (documentary about the killing of 73-year-old Dorothy Stang) to put together “Fight Church” about mixed martial arts and the church. The project is “on hold” unless they are able to raise the funds needed through Kickstarter, an online funding program for artistic projects. At the time of this writing, 151 backers have raised $15,170 of the $30,000 needed. They have until June 5 to make their goal.

Fight Church is about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face?

“Our goal is to tell an entertaining story in a completely objective tone, and to let the story speak for itself,” say Storkel and Junge on their Kickstarter page. “Like the Oscar-nominated ‘Jesus Camp,’ the film will present these incredibly provocative characters in an objective and often sympathetic light. We will ask the audience to come to their own conclusions about the connections between religion and condoned violence, as well as, explore the growing mainstreaming of MMA in the US, and discuss Christianity in our post-modern society.”

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