Welcome to Barbedwirecity.com, home of the new independent documentary film Barbed Wire City. Our film studies the history of, and people who made, Extreme Championship Wrestling a cult sensation in the 1990s. We took an intimate look at the subculture of a subculture, and found a very human story about athletes who see themselves as entertainers, and were willing to take massive amounts of punishment for little money based on the promise of something more within their industry. This is a film about culture and human beings—who just happen to use tables and chairs and violent acts as part of their performance art. This documentary is not owned or supported by the WWE.
Barbed Wire City debuts with a premiere screening and DVD release Saturday April 20, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA (venue to be announced shortly). This website is your one stop shop for news about our documentary, pre-ordering the DVD, merchandise, the premiere, video clips, and a blog by the directors. Take a look around, explore, and get ready for a fascinating journey on April 20th.
Who We Are: Filmmakers Kevin Kiernan and John Philapavage have been friends since they were two years old. Both attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. (more…)