FAME HIGH & FIGHT LIFE documentaries screen at SF DOCFEST Nov 9-21 and in Berkeley Nov 9-15

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 24 October 2012.

AC -_FIGHT_LIFE_DIR_JAMES_Z_FENG_-_2012-10-24_at_11.54.56_AMOctober 24 2012

The 11th San Francisco Documentary Festival, known as SF DOC FEST opens in San Francisco (November 8-21), and in Berkeley (November 9-15). 

This year more than 50 films are featured from around the world. 

Bay Area filmmaker James Z. Feng screens his documentary FIGHT LIFE on the mixed-martial arts world. FIGHT LIFE chronicles the struggle in the lives of three local fights from the moment of victory every fighter chases to the devastating knockout in defeat. Click here to FIGHT LIFE's trailer.

Feng told NBC's Sunday Night Sport Show that he's maxed out his credit card to make this film happen. Feng says he wants to show mixed martial arts as a sport, "I think alot of people don't understand that MMA is a sport, they kind of look at it like its a gimmick..." "My goal is to get it to the world, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make that happen if it means that I don't make a dime from this film so be it. Its not about the money, I've put my own life on the line for this film."

AC -_FAME_HIGH_2012-10-24_at_10.08.24_AM_copyFAME HIGH documents the lives of four talented high school students (an actress, a dancer, a pianist and a songwriter) struggling to gain fame, credibility and a diploma from Los Angeles’ premiere performing arts high school. Directed by Berkeley native, Academy-award nominated documentary filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, FAME HIGH captures the drama, competition, heartbreak and triumph at the Los Angeles County HIgh School for the Arts, also known as "Fame High" where teenagers reach for their dreams of becoming actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Click here to FAME HIGH's trailer.

Check screening dates and locations at SF Doc Fest.