a film by Charles Fairbanks


Documentary / 21' / HD / USA, Belgium / 2012
produced by Charles Fairbanks and Michigan Films

website : http://charlesfairbanks.info



Flexing Muscles is a wrestling movie about postmodern consumption and production: physical work and embodied culture for the digital age.

Flexing Muscles is also an immersive, participatory, experimental ethnography on Mexico's spectacular masked wrestling – Lucha Libre – for which the filmmaker resumed his career fighting as The One-Eyed Cat (El Gato Tuerto), this time with a camera built into his mask.



director, camera, sound : Charles Fairbanks
production : Charles Fairbanks, Sébastien Andres & Olivier Burlet

Featuring : Serpiente Negra, Místico, Gronda, Pitufín, Blue Demon, Black Boy, Smoke



Visions du Réel, Nyon 2012 - International competition
ICDocs, Iowa City Doc Festival, 2012 - Award, Second place
DocsDF, 2012
Athens International Film & Video Festival, 2012
Festival Internacional de cine de Morelia, 2011
Anthology Film Archives, New York 2011
Indie Memphis film festival, 2012
Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo, 2012
Traces de Vies, rencontre du film documentaire de Clermont Ferrand, 2012
Videonale 14, Bonn, 2013
26th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Festival for expanded Media, 2013
10th Big sky documentary film, montana, 2013