Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Brent Hodge | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Though only eighteen episodes in length, the cultural relevance of Freaks and Geeks continues to grow. Not only has it achieved cult status and amassed a legion of dedicated fans, it also helped usher in a new era of Hollywood talent including Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Busy Philipps among others. Along with its oddball cast, its heartfelt, hilarious, and ultimately realistic storylines fundamentally changed the way high school is depicted in popular media.

Filmmaker Brent Hodge, whose previous DOXA screenings include A Brony Tale and Pistol Shrimps, explores the life and death of this television phenomenon through a series of emotionally honest interviews with its entire creative team. Hodge reveals that, much like the show itself, the behind-the-scenes story of Freaks and Geeks is a true underdog tale. Constructed by a group of former-geeks-cum-television-writers and a cast of actors who looked nothing like the teenagers on 90210, the show became a critical hit and yet was cancelled after only one season. Those closest to the show passionately explain the reasons for its success and downfall, as well as the impact it had on their own career trajectories.

Funny, vulnerable, and deeply affectionate, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary offers a balance of nostalgia and dissection in examining what makes a show good versus what makes a show successful. It is an intimate conversation with one of the most awkwardly endearing (and therefore accurate) depictions of the high school experience ever presented on TV. -AL

Filmmaker

Brent Hodge

Based in Vancouver and born in Alberta, Brent Hodge is a Canadian-New Zealander filmmaker who is best known for his films A Brony Tale, a documentary based on Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary. Hodge also served as an executive producer on 2014's Violent, a film by Amazing Factory Productions. Brent was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 by BC Business for his work as the owner/operator and CEO of Hodgee Films, a rapidly growing film and video production company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.