MUHAMMAD ALI at SILVERDOCS for FACING ALI

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
—Muhammad Ali

I just heard the coolest news. Muhammad Ali has confirmed to be in attendance for the screening of FACING ALI at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival in Washington DC in the middle of June (I think the 16th).

That’s a wonderful thing for a kid (now 44) who directed Facing Ali and who, as a younger kid in elementary school, used to hand in spontaneous essays on Ali because…well, d-uh, he was the greatest. It was about the only work I did, if I remember correctly. No, there was the 50-page report on sharks, too—I loved sharks—and the five-foot papier-maché replicate hammerhead.

I didn’t have any gray paint, so I painted the poor creature beige. No one said a word. The underbelly was still white. Then my sister took ‘ol hammerhead to school for her grade eight project, never brought it back, and it ended up getting incinerated by some janitor who obviously didn’t get the lumpy and beige yet sublime skill of my artistic endeavor. But that, my friends, really was pretty much all the work I did.

I loved the Montreal Canadiens, as well, but that had very little to do with school. Au contraire.

Either way, after a couple of years of fanatical research, countless hours of archive-diving, interviewing some of his greatest (and forceful) opponents and all else required, collaboratively with a great team, I really look forward to meeting him (Muhammad Ali, that is—not the hammerheads).

Lots of love to you,

Pete

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3 Responses to “MUHAMMAD ALI at SILVERDOCS for FACING ALI”

  1. jasongoode says:

    That’s AWESOME NEWS! I can’t wait to see the film. (Fantastic trailer by the way.)

  2. Hope says:

    How cool is that! Can’t wait to see it Pete.

  3. Thanks! Sorry for taking a while to write back. I’m off to Seattle tomorrow morning for the Premiere tomorrow night. Should be cool to see it on the big screen—we’ll see. But thanks for the kind words,

    Pete

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