A fascinating psychological dissection. (A-)
— Eric Kohn INDIEWIRE
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ABOUT

 

A blue-collar family man breaks the promise he’d made years ago to never fight again. Now forty years old, with a wife and four children who need him, Joe Carman risks everything—his marriage, his family, his health—to go back into the fighting cage and come to terms with his past.

 
 
 
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Engaging and sympathetic.
— Dennis Harvey VARIETY
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The film evokes THE WRESTLER and THE FIGHTER but with real-life stakes. An incredible find and deserves a big audience.
— Jason Yarnell COLUMBIA TRIBUNE
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CREW

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JEFF UNAY
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / DP

Jeff is a director, cinematographer, and award-winning artist whose post-production credits include Visual Effects Academy Award winners Avatar and King Kong. His twelve-year background in creating faces for leading digital actors has provided a unique toolset for capturing the emotional honesty of his subjects in nonfiction and narrative work. In 2015, Jeff was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry as an artist and filmmaker. The Cage Fighter (2017) is Jeff's feature directorial debut.

JAMES ORARA
PRODUCER

James is a Seattle-based producer and visual effects artist. He brings over five years of film experience from his time at the award-winning visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, and is credited on films including Star Trek, Rango, and The Avengers.

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DAVID TEAGUE
EDITOR / CO-PRODUCER

David has edited five Oscar-nominated documentaries, including one Oscar winner. Past work includes Cutie and the Boxer, E-TEAM, Mondays at Racine, and Freeheld. He recently completed editing Roger Ross William’s Sundance-winner Life, Animated and Lana Wilson's soon-to-be-released film, The Departure.

 
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ANDREA MEDITCH
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Andrea Meditch executive produced the Emmy Award winner Dangerous Acts, which premiered at TIFF and aired on HBO. She was the story advisor and executive producer for Buck, which won the Sundance Audience Award and was shortlisted in 2012; the Oscar-winning Man on Wire; and Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World. Previously, she launched and built Discovery Films, where she executive produced such films as Grizzly Man, In the Shadow of the Moon, and The Killer Within.

FRANK SCHEURING
SOUND DESIGNER

Frank Scheuring has worked as a mixer and sound editor for more than 14 years in the audio post-production industry. Highlights from Frank’s career include the award-winning Discovery Channel mini-series Planet Earth, as well as notable documentaries and series such as StarTalk, Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, National Geographic: Explorer, In Performance at the White House, D.C. Cupcakes, and Dog Whisperer.

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BEN WINWOOD
COMPOSER

Ben's work combines hand-made acoustic and electric instruments with occasional synth, and is featured in commercials, shorts, and documentaries. In The Cage Fighter, Ben's score unveils the emotional core of Joe's story -- delicate and powerful; tragic and hopeful. His music has truly elevated this film. Ben lives in a cottage in the mountains just outside Liverpool, UK with his wife and newborn, and a fleet of instruments.

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ARIEL SULTAN
CO-PRODUCER

Ariel Sultan, a NYU film school alumna, heads a multi-media production studio in San Francisco. She has previously worked at Discovery Channel, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and BBDO.

 

 

 
Shockingly cathartic ... about as gritty as documentary filmmaking gets.
— UNSEEN FILMS
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