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Wrestling tag team and underground film director to appear at AVC screenings

An inside look at the art, business and passion of professional wrestling will be offered to valley residents 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 when the Antelope Valley College presents "Sound of the Body Slams: Wrestling in Documentary Film."

Wrestling Documentary

The event will take place in Fine Arts Building 3, Room 163 (FA3 163) on the west side of the campus, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Screenings of two new documentary films, "Wrestling Then and Now" and "Hard Knocks," will be featured as well as special appearances by underground film director Dwayne Walker and wrestling tag team The Ballard Brothers.

The screenings will begin with "Hard Knocks" from director and producer Arthur Cauty. The film looks past the sneers and jeers for an in-depth exploration of professional wrestling. 

Through interviews with wrestlers, referees, and promoters, including world famous stars of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the stars of tomorrow, the film looks at the skill, aptitude and dedication required by this demanding art form. 

Mugnolo advises people to be prepared to discover a newfound respect and awe for those athletes that dedicate their lives and bodies to the ring.  Following the screening, the film's featured wrestling tag team, Shane and Shannon Ballard, The Ballard Brothers, will be available for a question and answer session.

That will be followed by the premier screening of Walker's film "Wrestling Then and Now."

"If you're a fan of "old school," who better than the late great Killer Kowalski, Nikolai Volkoff, and Don "Dr. Death" Arnold to show you the ropes and talk about their philosophies on life," said event organizer Christine Mugnolo. "If you're a fan of today's wrestling, see a young, outspoken Homicide, hard icon Lowlife Louis Ramos and Indy stars like The Mambo King talk about all the aspects of the sport, from injuries to women's division to overzealous fans and the ever-present "paying dues"."

Following the premier, Walker will discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.

Admission is free.

The film screenings coincide with the AVC Art Gallery�s exhibition of "Beyond the Ring: The Art Careers of Professional Wrestlers" which will be specially opened for the public before the screening, 6:30-7:30 p.m.