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Brutal 'Dawg Fight' Gets an Innovative Release (with Exclusive Clip)

13 March 2015 2:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Known for his hard-hitting award-winning documentaries "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent" and "Cocaine Cowboys," filmmaker Billy Corben isn't one to shy away from difficult subject matters. His latest film, "Dawg Fight," is no exception. A brutal exposé on underground backyard Mma fighting in one of Miami's toughest and poorest neighborhoods, "Dawg Fight" is unflinching in its depiction of the dark side of the American dream. It's so dark, in fact, that two of the fighters featured in the film are now dead. Read More: What Does Netflix's Investment in Documentaries Mean for Filmmakers? "To me, it's continuing in our tradition of telling stories that are twisted takes on the American dream," Corben recently told Indiewire. Given the subject matter, which involves desperate men beating each other to bloody pulps for money, Corben realized early on that it might not be an easy sell for distributors. "Everybody is »

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Billy Corben’s Backyard Bare-Knuckle Brawl ‘Dawg Fight’ Grapples With Online Distribution

4 March 2015 4:07 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Documentary maker Billy Corben has been mining Miami for tough-minded material for nearly two decades, including notable projects such as Cocaine Cowboys and Espn’s two The U docs about the University of Miami’s rogue athletic program. He also produced and directed Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, which had a spot at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. But he’s never had a film like Dawg Fight, nor a more complicated response from would-be distributors. “Of all… »

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