Few sports rivalries can match that of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier (a.k.a., “Smokin’ Joe”), a former Olympic and world-champion boxer whose career is the subject of a new feature-length documentary. On Thursday, May 5, the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department is hosting a sneak preview of Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears with the boxing legend as guest of honor. Alumnus Quenell Jones (BFA 2003 Film and Video), the film’s director of photography, will be joined by two of his fellow filmmakers for a post-screening discussion.
Through interviews with Frazier, his son Marvis, former Ali trainer Angelo Dundee, and former heavyweight champions George Forman and Larry Holmes, among others, Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears tells the story of a father and a businessman whose gym became a sanctuary of sorts for his community. Adding to the sense of history surrounding the project, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of “The Fight of the Century,” the first boxing match between Frazier and Ali, as it was dubbed by media of the day. Sports writers continue to debate whether it was the greatest sporting event of all time, and LIFE magazine recently published never-before-seen photographs of the match-up.