Friday, April 17, 2009

Ali Brunt Ba Yay... has a neat find — the Apple trailer for an upcoming documentary called Facing Ali, directed by the apparently Vancouver-based Pete McCormack.

It is based on Stephen Brunt's book of the same name. Not to oversell it, but it looks pretty promising, with remastered fight footage and Glory Of Their Times-style interviews with 10 of Muhammad Ali's opponents, including the great Canadian heavyweight, George Chuvalo.

Brunt's book included interviews with 15 fighters, most of whom appear in the doc's trailer.

Anyway, sounds like McCormack has come up the with a winner:
"Three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top fighter of the golden age of boxing and symbolized the sport for generations of fans. Now, ten of his acclaimed rivals pay tribute to perhaps the world’s most beloved and inspiring athlete in FACING ALI, a riveting documentary from director Pete McCormack (Uganda Rising) and producer Derik Murray (Legends of Hockey). From the moment he captured the gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics, the fighter who first came to prominence as Cassius Clay electrified the world and transformed the art of boxing. Articulate, handsome, charismatic and outspoken, he became an icon of the burgeoning civil rights movement and a hero to millions around the globe."
(No word of a lie, last night's late movie on A-Channel: Ali.

Brunt's next book, Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed, is due to be published Oct. 6 by Knopf Canada. It's actually going to be printed in the U.S. as Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, America, and the Day Everything Changed. Now that's smooth.

Must Watch: Fantastic Documentary Trailer for Facing Ali (Alex Billington,

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