After its successful screenings at this years Hot Docs festival (cheers during screenings, standing ovations afterwards) Primitive Entertainment is rolling out Jay Cheel's documentary on the one-man-jackass that is Ralph Zavadil into a limited theatrical release that is rolling across Canada over the next few weeks.
Before Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew were were risking their lives (and common decency) for the sake of your entertainment, before Tom Green made an ass of himself in public for shits and giggles, there was Ralph Zavadil, a resident of St. Catherines, Ontario (Canada) that used to broadcast his dangerous and amusing stunts (and all around general mayhem) on the local community access channel, in the guise of his alter-ego, Cap'n Video. Jay Cheel, who did those wonderful Goblin Man of Norway faux-documentary shorts a few years ago, has turned the trials and tribulations of Zavadil into a feature documentary that captures the art and philosophy (no joke!) of Cap'n Video 15 years later against the backdrop of his 'famous' shows, including a neck-breaking pool jump, skiing off his roof and lighting his face on fire amongst other things. It is also the only documentary that features an A-Team like montage in the middle! It's going to be a Beauty Day.
Here are the Dates and Cities thus far:
Cumberland (Cineplex), Toronto: Opening June 10
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa: Opening June 10
Empire Pen Centre, (Pen Centre Mall), St. Catharines: June 10 - 16
Regina Public Library Film Theatre: June 30 - July 3
Princess Cinema, Waterloo: July 1 - 7, 2011
Gimli Film Festival (Beach Screening), Gimli, MB: July 23 (Midnight Screening)
Winnipeg Cinematheque: Aug 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17
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