3 Minutes from Opryland, A Documentary by Michael Carter and Photographs of Wrestling Sub-Culture by Joe Shay

Contact: Terry Glispin

June 23 - July 27, 2001
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23
7:00 to 9:00 PM

The film will screen during the opening, beginning at 7:30 PM.

The Fugitive Art Center presents a unique look at the wrestling sub-culture surrounding independent wrestling organizations in and around Nashville.

Joe Shay, a photographer, and Michael Carter, a filmmaker, began shooting concurrently in February 1999. The focus of these documents is primarily the audience and their relationship to the spectacle of wrestling. The artists suppose that wrestling is not a sport, but more so a theater art. They document the role of wrestling as an event that provides release for the viewer and also as the means to bind a community together.

Michael Carter's 72 minute documentary, 3 Minutes from Opryland, avoids the use of voice-overs, relying instead on mostly unsolicited responses from the subjects (much like the direct cinema from the 1960's.)

Joe Shay's 40 photographs, while documenting the same events, allow the viewer a slower pace with which to read the images.