Documentary director Vlad Yudin discusses his latest documentary, The Hurt Business. Exploring the history and culture of MMA, The Hurt Business opens everywhere September 29th. For more information visit the film's event page.
1. For those who don’t know about The Hurt Business quite just yet, can you tell us a bit more about the documentary and also perhaps what makes this an important film for any UFC fan to watch?
The Hurt Business is a film that examines the sport of MMA and follows the storylines of some of the top fighters. Since MMA became the fastest growing sport in the world, there hasn’t been a project that covered it or fully explained it or uncovered its top participants. The film also tries to answer such difficult questions as – why this sport is so popular and why we as society enjoy to watch such entertainment.
2. What made the experience of directing this documentary differ from that of Generation Iron and Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer?
It was a very different process, because in the People’s Designer I had to focus on Jeremy’s storyline only and in The Hurt Business there were many different storylines. It was a very challenging process and took over 2 years to complete.
3. What would you say was the goal you had in mind when making the doc?
My goal was to make an objective film and to cover all aspects of the sport and the athletes.
4. Are you hoping to have viewers walk away with a particular message?
I tried to raise as many questions as possible and address as many issues as possible. Ultimately the audience will have to decide how they feel about the sport after they watch this film. My job was to present the big picture and raise the questions on both sides.
5. Following the lives of UFC Champions including Jon “Bones” Jones, Rashad “Suga” Evans, Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, what made these particular athletes the ones to follow through the doc? Why were they the perfect “eyes” for this?
We closely followed Rashad and Jon Jones. They were perfect because of their storylines and personal connections. Rashad was a mentor to Jon and they fought for the same team for many years. Then they had a public fall out and ultimately fought each other in the octagon in UFC 145. Their friendship and rivalry made their relationship very complex and important to the film’s storyline.
6. Any other projects people should keep their heads up for? With The Hurt Business now complete, what’s next? Do you have another topic in mind for your next film?
I am exploring a few subjects, one of them is Kid’s MMA…
7. And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to those reading?
I look forward for everyone to see The Hurt Business and share their thoughts. I think both the MMA audience and those who are not the fans of the sport can equally appreciate this film. It’s a film that will provoke a reaction.