On Friday The Backlot Cinema will present the classic documentary “Pumping Iron” (1977) made by the late local filmmaker Robert Fiore.
“Pumping Iron” shines a light on the niche world of competitive bodybuilding, following Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Farrigno as they compete for the 1975 Mr. Olympia title. The documentary was a success at its time launching the career of Schwarzenegger and is still taught in film schools today.
The evening will begin with an introduction by Jessamyn Fiore, Epsilon Spires Board President and daughter of Robert Fiore (1942-2019) who co-directed and was the cinematographer on “Pumping Iron.”
“My father loved being a filmmaker — being behind the camera gave him such joy,” says Jessamyn Fiore. “And he loved living here — he would travel the world for his job, but his heart was always here at our home in Chesterfield. He was extremely proud of Pumping Iron and I know he would be delighted that Epsilon Spires is screening it for the community in his memory.”
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; program begins at dusk (around 8.30 p.m.).
Epsilon Spires is at 190 Main St. in Brattleboro.
The Backlot will be empty except for the film projection equipment. On the pavement circles will be marked out in varying sizes – for groups up to 2, 4, and 6. Each circle will have over six feet around it on all sides, to make sure it is a safe, socially distanced space. Guests are encouraged to come to picnic – so bring your own blankets, cushions, folding chairs and all the coziness you need to set up your circle for maximum enjoyment of the evening’s program.
Space is limited; to reserve tickets, visit www.epsilonspires.com.