The new mixed martial arts documentary by Pepper & Bones titled “Fightville,” which features a Louisiana-based promotion that helps launch UFC featherweight contender Dustin Poirier, will be among the films shown on March 12 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
As 18 months of filming unfolded with USA-MMA — a promotion run by Gil Guillory in Lafayette, La. — Poirier, a student of UFC middleweight Tim Credeur, began to emerge as the focus on the production.
“The first time I saw Dustin fight, I was immediately taken with him,” said Fightville co-director Michael Tucker in a press release. “You could just tell that the kid was going places.”
Poirier went 1-1 in the WEC while campaigning at 155, before dropping to featherweight and taking a short-notice bout against contender Josh Grispi at UFC 125. Poirier dominated all three rounds en route to a decision victory.
The screening will take place at the Austin Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. in the Vimeo Theater.
Besides showcasing Poirier’s growth as a fighter, the filmmakers also hope the story will help increase the general public’s understanding of MMA as a sport.
“When we first started filming Fightville, we knew very little about MMA,” Tucker said. “But after 18 months of filming, we really came to love the culture of the fight world. Fighting is the stuff that movie legends are made of–who hasn’t wanted to be Rocky or Bruce Lee? MMA is the evolution of that legacy.”
Click here to view the trailer for the film.