The Word (and Elbows and Knees) of God: Fight Church
It’s hard to imagine two parts of American culture– Mixed Martial Arts and Christianity– that on the surface are more incompatible. Jesus is known for telling his followers to turn the other cheek. MMA fighters are known for turning their opponents cheeks for them. With their fists, elbows, and knees. If there’s one existential truth it’s this: humans, especially American humans, are hideously complex. Yet the existence of ministries that embrace MMA still surprises.
Documentarians Daniel Junge (the Academy Award winning doc short Saving Face) and Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers) are in the middle of production on a documentary about MMA practicing pastors called Fight Church, and judging from the trailer they cut together for their Kickstarter campaign, the film is a clinical look at the lives of this fighting preachers, moral ambiguity and all.
[Read our interview with co-director Storkel]