DAILY NEWS Apr 5, 2013 8:27 AM - 0 comments

Canadian Documentary Series Takes on MMA Culture

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A new 10 part Canadian documentary series examines the culture of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) with a powerful presentation aimed at and beyond the controversial sport’s core audience.

Fight Xchange comes from Toronto-based Nomad Films, video post and finishing firm IMC, and distribution company Rebel Media Ventures International; it premieres Friday, May 3 on pay TV service Super Channel.

Filmed in the sport’s top training facilities, Nova Uniao Brazil and Evolucao Thai Toronto, the series profiles six up and coming MMA fighters who train with some of the sport’s best; three are from Toronto and three from Rio de Janeiro.

Fight Xchange dispels many myths about MMA and shows that it takes not only multidisciplinary athleticism, but honour and respect to achieve greatness,” said Mark Johnston, Director and Writer. “But perhaps more importantly, the series looks at the important role that women play in shaping this emerging sport. Fight Xchange presents a raw and very real glimpse into the passion, pain, angst and elation these young athletes experience, even before stepping foot into the cage.”

The series is written and directed by Mark Johnston. Director of Photography is Russell Gienapp, Editor, Michael Morrow and features an Original Score by Michael Hanson.  Executive Producers are Shon Gill, Mark Johnston, Aaron Avruskin and Nikki Burns-Gill, with Amanda Handy and Aaron Avruskin as Producers.

“Super Channel is thrilled to be part of a series that gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of this fascinating sport” added Marguerite Pigott, Head of Creative Development for Super Channel. “But what’s really special about Fight Xchange is that it reaches beyond the core audience for MMA by telling compelling, surprising stories of unforgettable athletes who are fighting for goals that mean the world to them.”

Fight Xchange is produced in association with Super Channel and with the financial participation of the Rogers Telefund and with the assistance of The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and The Ontario Media Film and Television Tax Credit.

Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company; it consists of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.

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