The Bodybuilder and I

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The Bodybuilder and I
Directed byBryan Friedman
Produced byJulia Rosenberg
Anita Lee
Written byBryan Friedman
StarringBill Friedman
Music byJim Guthrie
CinematographyAlan Poon
Edited bySeth Poulin
Distributed byJanuary Films
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
92 minutes

The Bodybuilder and I is a 2007 feature-length documentary film written and directed by Bryan Friedman, taking viewers on a journey into the subculture of geriatric bodybuilding as the filmmaker tries to reconnect with his father. The film is co-produced by January Films and the National Film Board of Canada.


59-year-old Bill Friedman is a competitive bodybuilder - a former world champ in the age 50-60 category, determined to win his title back. Documentary director Bryan Friedman is 26. Bill - Bryan's dad - hasn't been around since Bryan was a baby. In The Bodybuilder and I, Bryan chronicles his father's attempt to make it back to the top. In the process of making the film, the two men get to know one another and maybe begin to understand each other.


Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs and co-winner of Best Canadian Documentary Award at the Atlantic Film Festival.[1][2]

Theatrical release[edit]

The Bodybuilder and I began a limited theatrical release in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa on November 2, 2007.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glassman, Marc (2007-05-14). "Are personal docs the hottest?". Playback. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  2. ^ Knox, Carsten (2007-09-21). "Thorne scores twice at AFF". Playback. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  3. ^ . Toronto Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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