The “Pulling John” screening at the SXSW FIlm Festival was epic.
After the second screening in Austin, Bill Bob Thorton invited Travis to a VIP party for a little booze and fun.
I just got a call from Travis Bagent and he said he is flying into Austin tonight at 9:55pm. I am so stoked!
We will set up an armwrestling table in front of Roux from 2pm – 4:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th. I am sure Travis is going to draw a huge crowd.
A couple years ago, I remember GNC in Manhattan hired Travis to do a store promotion. Travis got, maintained and energized such a huge crowd that the cops came!
Tomorrows screening at the Ritz is going to be incredible. This will be Travis’s first time seeing the movie.
Gary Roberts got an interview with Morgan Spurlock saying “Pulling John” is GREAT. WOW!
Check it out at ——
Gary Roberts. Thanks for coming to SXSW. The film Festival people said you were AWESOME!
We have our second screening on Tuesday at 5pm.
I am guessing that I have been to 1100+ movies in my life. Of these 1100 movies I can maybe….. maybe remember a dozen movie where the crowd actually cheers during the movie.
During the screening the crowd cheered or clapped at leaset 3 times and laughed a dozen more. The audience was large, more than 400 people. The Q&A was solid.
And John Brzenk and “Pulling John” received a standing ovation.
Yeah, it was unreal, ideal, epic and a once in a life time moment.
Couldn’t really ask for anything more.
A few die-hard arm-wrestlers showed up… That was awesome! Gary Roberts was in the house… and that was FANTASTIC.
Michael Todd did a demo at the PULLING JOHN after party, with John Brzenk and the crowd was dazzled! Michael let John win :)
The first question in the Q & A – “Hey John, show us your guns!”
So John obliged.
Today Gary Roberts showed up. Wow! There is really no-one better in the armwrestling commmunity for armwrestling than Gary Roberts. And then Gary told me that Michale Todd was in the house. As soon as I see
Michael I will post a pictute. It is so great to know that Michael would take time to come to Austin to see Pullig John.
I am flattered and so pumped that Gary and Michael will be here for tomorrows screening.
Here is a picture of John Brzenk watching ARM TV at the SXSW film festival computer area.
I’ve seen John Brzenk a shit ton in the past 5 years. And I have traveled the globe with this legend, but every time I see John, it is still exciting. It is just so awesome to be around an athlete of such high caliber.
Today we went to the film festival ‘sign-in’ and got our badges. The air is full of energy and even amongst the sea of movies, “Pulling John” is standing out…. and the BUZZ begins.
This town is going to be a zoo this weekend. “South by Southwest” is a premier event in the film and music industry. You can tell that Austin is preparing for the more than 100,000 people who will descend on the city in the next 72 hours. The seemingly endless venues/bars line the streets and entice the festival goers.
On Saturday night, after the world premier we will be setting up the NAL, Denver table at the ROUX bar on 6th Street. People will have an opportunity to grip up with Travis Bagent and John Brzenk.
Enjoy this video – John Brzenk vs Marcio Barboza – NAL DENVER – (Refereed by Bill Collins)
So I am off to Boston. NO, I mean Austin, where I will meet up with Navid Khonsari, the ever charismatic producer of “Pulling John”. Our job is easy, we just have to kick back and watch Pulling John and take the highest bid (from a distributor).
At least that’s what I am hoping – although unlikely to be THAT SMOOTH. It should be a fantastic weekend.
Pulling John has already received incredible reviews from the most prestigious documentary department in the world, POV (Point of View).
But, it does not stop with just props from POV. “Pulling John” is being touted as a “must see” film (out of a choice of 130 films) at one of the the worlds most prestigious film festivals, South By Southwest.
I will post photos daily from the film festival.
WOD – I did today
275lb Dealift 5 reps
I dare somebody to try and beat that. And you can not drop the barbell. You must keep control of the deadlifts for every rep.
My weight 146lbs
3:00 PM, Saturday March 14th – Austin Convention Ctr
5:00 PM, Tuesday March 17th – Alamo Ritz 2
10:00 PM, Friday March 20th – Alamo Lamar 3
everything subject to change