Definitely one of the more talked-about moments at this year's Fantastic Fest so far came during the annual Fantastic Debates, where various movie geeks of all shapes and sizes square off in a verbal debate before throwing on gloves and finishing it with their fists inside a boxing ring. While this year featured fun battles between the American Mary twin-sister filmmakers (in full Mortal Kombat outfits), as well as Fantastic Fest cofounder Tim League vs. Tae Kwan Do Grandmaster (and star of Miami Connection) Y.K. Kim, the night belonged to the debate/fight between filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends) and Badass Digest editor Devin Faraci.
With bad blood already brewing between the two (thanks, in part, to a couple of posts Faraci wrote about Swanberg's films), the two went at it like a couple of ferocious pitbulls -- first with their mouths, and then their fists, with Swanberg defeating Faraci rather quickly once things segued to the boxing part of it. The debate itself -- titled "Mumblecore is catsh*t and is giving a bad name to independent films" -- was full of cheap shots and pre-written quips, most of it meant to entertain, and that it did.
Whether or not either man walked away a victor wasn't really the point, but the fact that a venue exists for something like this is just another reason why we love Fantastic Fest. You can watch an edited version of their match below and come to your own conclusions. Meanwhile, here's Faraci's reaction post after the event.
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