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Fight Church

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel

This action-packed documentary explores the ways in which several churches’ underground fight clubs assist with their members’ faiths, and the viewpoints of those staunchly against these God-fearing men beating the holy hell out of each other.

May 17, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 18, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 26, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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“Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and then at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” So asks Preston “Pastor of Disaster” Hocker, an amateur MMA fighter and associate pastor of the Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach, VA who combines Christian doctrine with the controversial world of Mixed Martial Arts. He’s not the only one, as hundreds of churches across the United States have taken up martial arts ministries, believing that tough guys need Jesus, too. In the camouflage trunks, we have Nahshon Nicks, a youth minister and motivational speaker out of Jacksonville, FL who accepts Hocker’s invitation to step into the octagon. In this corner, it’s light heavyweight John “The Saint” Renken of Clarksville, TN, whose desire to come out of retirement is matched only by his passion of leading others to Christ. And up in Rochester, family man and trainer Paul Burress wages his own battle against the government and respected religious leader Father John Duffell, who refuse to legalize the sport in New York State. Treating these stories with a welcome objectivity, directors Daniel Junge (an Oscar® winner for his 2012 non-fiction short Saving Face) and Bryan Storkel allow audiences to reach their own conclusions about these God-fearing men who beat the holy hell out of each other. Because Jesus never tapped out.

Director Biography

Daniel Junge is an Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length film, Chiefs, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent features aired on several broadcasting networks and gained audience and critical acclaim. His most recent film, Saving Face, won the 2011 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short. Junge lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter.

Bryan Storkel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who loves quirky characters and is fascinated by religious topics. Storkel's most recent film, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011), played at over 40 festivals and won 10 best documentary awards. 

Sponsored by Muckleshoot Tribe, New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc.

Director: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Eben Kostbar, Joseph McKelheer
Cinematographers: Daniel Junge, J.R. Kraus, David Lamb, Bryan Storkel, Aaron Kopp, Davis Coombe
Editors: Bryan Storkel
Music: John Jennings Boyd
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: JUNGE: Saving Face (Doc, 2012); The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (Doc, 2009); They Killed Sister Dorothy (Doc, 2008); Iron Ladies of Liberia (Doc, 2007); Chiefs (Doc, 2002); STORKEL: Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011)
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Film Sales Company
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