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Director Joe Swanberg fights Critic Devin Faraci at Fantastic Fest

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Criticwire's covered fights between critics and filmmakers before. But those were verbal spats -- what went down last night at Fantastic Fest's annual Fantastic Debates was a full-on brawl. Two men who clearly didn't like each other got into the ring and duked it out. And when it was all over, only one was declared the winner. The combatants were Badass Digest film critic Devin Faraci and "Hannah Takes the Stairs" filmmaker Joe Swanberg. I don't know the origins of this feud, though pre-fight rumblings claimed the two got into some kind of an argument at last year's Fantastic Fest. However it started, here's how it ended: with the two entering the squared circle to debate the relative merits of the mumblecore genre and then take some very pointed, very personal shots at one another -- verbally and physically. Video of debate - and fight - at link.

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