Fake It So Real

AmericanFilmThe New/American Film Series returns to Corvallis at a new venue with new films. The screening series previously called the Majestic Theatre its home, but is now moving to the strange grounds of the old Sivetz roastery, soon to be The Dam, a sports arcade.

The beautiful and historic location that Sivetz left in 2012 has been vacant since then, while The Dam sets up shop. For now it will host screenings for New/American, starting with Fake It So Real on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. As with previous New/American screenings, there will be treats on hand, and an excellent film to provoke thought and conversation in the community.

Fake It So Real is the 2012 documentary by renowned filmmaker Robert Greene that follows a group of North Carolina wrestlers (like Rowdy Roddy Piper “wrestling,” not Randy Couture) in the small-time Millennium Wrestling Federation over the weekend leading up to a big event. Prepare to see hearts, as well as noses, break as these guys pour their souls into their performance. The juxtaposition of blue collar sweat and dreams is the stuff of documentary excellence, and it doesn’t hurt the real life drama that the Millennium Wrestling Federation has since closed up shop. These brawlers may never co-host a reality show with Hulk Hogan, but their love of the game makes for a stirring evening of film.

This will be the first of what promises to be many great screenings by the New/American gang, and is free to the public. You may want to leave the kids at home, though, unless they’re ready for no-holds-barred reality and violence. Then again, how else will you prepare them for high school?
Fake It So Real screens Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the old Sivetz Coffee, 349 SW 4th Street, Corvallis. Admission is free and gourmet treats will be served. To learn more about the film, visit www.fakeitsoreal.com; to learn more about New/American, check out www.newamericanfilmseries.com.

by Sidney Reilly