After three years of producing what is already creating buzz as one of the most important documentary films about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to date, Filmmaker James Z. Feng and his team at RiLL Films announced the premiere of his highly anticipated documentary – Fight Life, tonight at the Roxie Theater located at 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA.
The motivation behind Feng’s Fight Life project started out as a mere curiosity. “I’m a huge fan of MMA and wanted to know more about the sport and fighters,” Feng says. “I was surprised that I couldn’t find any documentary films on such a popular sport and asked myself, ‘How come no one has explored this subject?’”
Feng set out to fill that void, and spent the subsequent three years developing Fight Life, interviewing some of MMA’s biggest names: Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Big John McCarthy, Frank Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, Lyle Beerbohm, and more. Featuring narration by Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart, Fight Life delves into hard-hitting topics that are behind the scenes of this glamorized lifestyle.
This raw documentary brings to light the dark side of MMA, the side rarely shown to the public – the blood, sweat, and tears these modern day warriors endure as well as the sacrifices they make daily to pursue their passion. “I gave up a stable career for this sport,” one fighter shares. “I’d often ask, ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’ But then when I’m in the ring, I feel that rush coming back to me. ‘Oh, this is why!’”
Fight Life follows fighters from all over the country with diverse backgrounds, witnesses their challenges, and chronicles their paths – from humble hometown beginnings to on the road training – painting a clearer picture of what it takes to be an MMA fighter.
“We’re living the poor life,” says Miesha Tate, a female MMA fighter. “But we’re living our dream.”
For tickets, visit www.fightlife.tv