• 09/14/2013 (2:40:24 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

Blood! Guts! Triumph! Heartbreak! Revenge! - These are all the cornerstones of professional wrestling, which remains the world's most unique sport. Populated with unique characters portrayed by even louder personalities and events behind the scenes that are often far more bizarre than what's been scripted for its devoted audience, pro wrestling is one hell of an ever-evolving, always changing,
most excellent subculture.

Hot off its successful Rock N' Roll Film Festival this summer, Rocks Off, NYC's sweetest concert promoter, is proud to announce that it will explore, exploit and spotlight the world of professional wrestling with the Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival. The first festival of its type in the world, The Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival will take place from Thursday November 21st through Saturday November 23rd, 2013 in New York City at the historic Kraine Theater.

Much like rock n' roll, pro wrestling is a unique beast that cannot be tamed - loud, arrogant, in your face, and awe-inspiring in its athletics and its theatrics. Steeped with unique history and personalities, it's a slice of Americana that cannot be explained, it can only be explored and loved – and Rocks Off intends to do just that - celebrate professional wrestling in all its two-fisted, off the top rope, kill or be killed, bad-ass glory!

The Rocks Off Film Festival is the brainchild of Rocks Off guru Jake Szufnarowski and's Mike Johnson, one of the top writers on the pro wrestling genre. "We are looking to showcase original, unique content that explores and celebrates all aspects of professional wrestling,” said Johnson, who is helping to curate the Festival.

"Pro Wrestling can be dramatic, fun, campy, serious, shocking and more - sometimes at once - and we intend for the festival to bring out those same types of emotions for the audience. We are looking to cultivate a fun, eclectic, unique atmosphere - like a great pro wrestling card would," added Johnson.

All of the festivities will be hosted by the voice of Juggalo Championship Wrestling, native New Yorker KG Kevin Gill. Gill, a featured voice actor in the new Saints Row IV video-game alongside WWE greats Roddy Piper and Rob Van Dam, will be involved in all aspects of the festival, including hosting special post-screening Q&As.

The triple threat of Szufnarowski, Johnson and Gill are teaming as curators of the festival. If you are a director or producer looking to solicit your film for inclusion in the Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival, email [email protected]. Limited slots are still available but we are seeking complete films, documentaries, short films, animated films and more!

Film Festival programming will begin to be announced this Monday 9/16, but we can announce our opening night festivities NOW!
Double Feature Opening Night!

The worlds first pro wrestling film festival get's things off to a hard hitting and fast paced start with an opening night reception followed by an epic main event double feature!! Join the festival organizers and special guests for a reception from 6pm to 7pm to get your choice of seats and kick off this historic night in wrestling and celluloid history.

First up in our double feature which kicks off at 7pm we've picked and chosen the most inspiring, hilarious, violent, strange and otherwise noteable wrestling short films, and locked them inside the steel cage! A great introduction into the world of wrestling, and wrestling films as there will be a variety of subject matter to torment your psyche, and play mind games with your soul.

Then at 8:30 pm it's Colt Cabana time! Colt Cabana is the most in demand independent professional wrestler in the world, in addition to being the most influential podcaster in the wrestling business with his groundbreaking Art Of Wrestling podcast. He's also a filmmaker, and a world traveler renewed for his comedic abilities in the ring and on the mic.  His $5 wrestling dvd project is THE breakout best selling wrestling/comedy project of the past several years.  Just back from 24 consecutive SOLD OUT and critically acclaimed comedy performances at the Edinbugh Fringe Festival, RocksOff is geeked to be presenting $5 Dollar Wrestling's presentation of Colt Cabana and Friends Sit In A Theater and Watch Bad Wrestling! Sit in on the riffing, live comedic insights and improv commentary by Colt Cabana and his talented friends as they verbally eviscerate and comedically choke slam some of the worst conceived and performed matches in wrestling's colorful history.   You never know who will show up or stop by to sit in on this session, so don't get shut out!  Microphones plus A Video Screen plus Terrible Wrestling multiplied by Colt Cabana and Friends = HILARIOUS

Complete programming and ticketing information to follow

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