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|Docudrama Filmmaker Explodes 4 Myths About Bodybuilding Subculture|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:07|
Writer-Director Vlad Yudin Spent Months With 7 Contenders
for ‘Generation Iron’
Myths abound about the subculture of bodybuilding, a sport that took off with the explosion of the health-and-fitness industry in the 1970s.
Back then, the public knew even less about these extreme and dedicated athletes until the release of a breakthrough docudrama in 1977, “Pumping Iron,” produced by Jerome Gary and featuring a champion named Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The film has long fascinated Vlad Yudin, writer, director, producer and principal of The Vladar Co., (vladar.com). He has been busy on multiple film projects this year, but right now his focus is the Sept. 20 release of “Generation Iron,” created with “Pumping Iron” producer Gary and narrated by Mickey Rourke.
Yudin spent months with the seven bodybuilders featured in the docudrama as they prepared for the Mr. Olympiad contest. He says he came away with an appreciation of how little the public still knows about the sport and the athletes who so compulsively pursue physical perfection. For one, many people believe bodybuilding is about size – not true.
“It’s about developing symmetry,” he says.
Here are four myths he says are rampant in literature about bodybuilders, and why they’re not true.
“Branch Warren is a devoted family man who brings his daughter to competitions,” Yudin says. “In the film, you see him carrying his daughter through the back stage.”
Russian-born writer, director, producer Vlad Yudin is the principal of The Vladar Co., a media and entertainment production company. New projects include the ARCANA Comics graphic novel and film “Head Smash,” and the bodybuilding docudrama “Generation Iron.” A second film, “Catskill Park,” a horror movie, is also scheduled for release this year. Yudin is currently working with “Game of Thrones” producer Mark Huffam to adapt the historical fiction novel “The French Executioner” for film. He recently published the graphic novel “Head Smash,” which will be adapted for film next year. Yudin directed and produced the critically acclaimed docufilm “Big Pun: The Legacy” (2008), and wrote, directed and produced the dark comedy, “Last Day of Summer,” in 2009. Yudin grew up in Russia and New York and is a graduate of Pace University and the New York University Filmmaking Program.
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