A new mixed martial arts documentary called “FIGHTVILLE,” directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, is coming to Showtime. The premium cable network picked up the documentary after it’s successful premiere at the SXSW film festival last month.
FIGHTVILLE chronicles the story of a minor league Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion run by Gil “The Thrill” Guillory in Lafayette, Louisiana–a place where, for many, fighting is as much ritual as it is sport. In FIGHTVILLE, life is a contest, and the area around Lafayette, which includes a neighborhood that is the namesake of the film, has no shortage of up-and-coming fighters willing to fight their way out of the dusty rodeo arenas of Louisiana to the big lights of Las Vegas.
UFC fighter Dustin Poirier is featured in the film.