May 23--The Duluth Superior Film Festival kicks off with a movie about an NHL enforcer who helped his team to the Stanley Cup. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney's "The Last Gladiators" is a look at the career of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, whose job it was to protect his teammates.
Meanwhile, his body broke down, he became addicted to drugs and he harmed people who were close to him.
Gibney won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007 for his film "Taxi to the Dark Side."
The screening of "The Last Gladiators" will be followed with a reception in the mezzanine that includes food, drinks and music by The Crunchy Bunch.
The film festival runs from Wednesday through June 2 and includes a presentation by actor Crispin Glover, about 20 screenings -- including some with strong local connections -- music and art events.
GO SEE IT
What: Duluth Superior Film Festival
When: Starts 7 p.m. Wednesday with screening of "The Last Gladiator" and reception
Where: Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St.
Tickets: $30 all-access passes are available at ds-ff.com; $10 individual tickets available for screening
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