Here’s the official poster for Mudbloods, the first feature documentary about Quidditch. I premiered it exclusively over at TheWrap.
Synopsis: Mudbloods follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined–until now.
Film premieres at AFI Docs in DC on June 21st and hits theaters and VOD in October.
I know you’ve caught things about the new documentary Marley in the New Yorker and Slate and other cool places. They’re mostly brief, albeit well-written and thoughtful, reviews—just reviews (which is fine!). I tried to write a deeper dive that incorporates a long talk I had with director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) as well. I love the documentary and am very proud of this piece. Hope you read and have fun and also see the movie. The article is over at Fast Company’s Co.Create.
(PS: This is Cool Thing One for today. Cool Thing Two is coming in a sec. It’s different and even more awesomer.)
This is a 30 minute documentary about the creation of Muggle Quidditch and the 2010 World Cup. I can not recommend it enough.
Back when I was a freshman at Syracuse University in 2007, I read that Quidditch teams were forming at colleges around the east coast. I decided to make a facebook page to see if other students at SU were interested. Although the facebook group grew in size, it never gained enough momentum to actually launch and I quickly lost interest. The facebook page still exists, and still has the goofy logo I made for it, although I am no longer the admin.
Watching this documentary and reading about the IQA, I wish that I had worked harder to Make ‘CUSE Quidditch Happen. Luckily, someone else took up the cause and today Syracuse has it’s very own IQA Quidditch team. This past month they made it to the quarter finals in the 2011 World Cup.
David Bianculli explains why the new four-part documentary series calledAmerica in Primetime, which premieres this Sunday on PBS, is “the smartest TV show about television I’ve seen in about 20 years.”