Our latest festival selection, ” Once I Was A Champion” should be a very big treat for fans of the MMA sport. “Champion” is a gripping documentary from director Gerard Roxburgh about the sudden and tragic death of former UFC Champion Evan Tanner and its effect on the MMA community.
Tanner, who was a huge staple for UFC died on September 8, 2008 at the age of 37 while on a personal quest through the desert in Brawley, California searching for what was said to be a “treasure,” not necessarily referring to some form of material possession. Tanner, who had become an avid blogger before his death, touched many lives and inspired countless people. He had admitted to his problems with alcoholism and vowed to better his life, embarking on a personal and spiritual quest to become a better person.
Told from the perspective of interviews from fellow MMA fighters, friends and family, “Champion” tells the story of one man’s fighting spirit, his rise to the top and his personal struggles before passing on before his time.
“Once I Was A Champion” has received much attention from UFC and the entire MMA community and had a recent run at the 2011 LA Film Festival. It can now add DVF 24, to screen Friday Sept 23 at 9PM. Gerard Roxburgh will be in attendance. This will also be the film’s premiere for the city of Dallas. You can learn more about the film at its official website,