Charles Fairbanks

Eustis, Nebraska, United States


Charles Fairbanks is a wrestler and filmmaker. His recent work focuses on pro wrestling in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat with a camera built into his mask. Chuck grew up in rural Nebraska until a wrestling scholarship took him to Stanford, where he studied Art and the History of Science. While finishing graduate school at the University of Michigan, he also worked as the wrestling coach / choreographer for the University Productions staging of Claire Luckham’s Trafford Tanzi – a feminist play written for the pub, directed by Malcolm Tulip. In 2010 Fairbanks was selected by Werner Herzog for the first Rogue Film School, and was invited to present his films at the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Americas. His films have also shown at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Morelia, CPH:DOX, Festival dei Popoli, Docs D.F., Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, Festival de Cine Cero Latitud, Images Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, Big Sky, Black Maria, Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec, Full Frame Doc Fest, the London International Documentary Festival, FLEX, Slamdance, IndieLisboa, the Arena Sports Bar, the Gangrene Comedy Festival, and at the Palenque de Gallos in San Cristobal de las Casas (a cockfighting stadium in Chiapas). He is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad de las Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, where he continues wrestling and filming toward his first feature.