Riveting look at one man’s fierce commitment to the ring. (A-)
— Eric Kohn INDIEWIRE
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ABOUT

 

PRESENTED BY SUNDANCE SELECTS | UNITED STATES | 81 MINS | NR

When life hits him hard, Joe Carman punches back. Newly 40, Joe juggles long hours working in a boiler room, an ongoing custody battle, his wife’s chronic illness, and the demands of raising four girls. The one place he finds release is in the ring, where he competes in the bruising sport of mixed martial arts. Despite the promise he made to his family to stop fighting, Joe continues to train secretly, determined to prove that he can keep up with the new crop of younger, up-and-coming competitors. But as he contends with a series of increasingly worrying health scares, the question arises: how much is Joe willing to risk—his family, his marriage, maybe even his life—to keep fighting? A true-life tale of resilience that unfolds with all the drama of fiction, The Cage Fighter is a riveting look at the demons that drive a man to push himself to the limit.

Featuring: Joe Carman, Norinda Reed, Clayton Hoy, Vernon Beach, Callie Carman, Delanee Carman, Kira Carman & Mia Carman

THE CAGE FIGHTER is a 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee for the "Truer Than Fiction Award" presented by Jeep. 

 

 
 
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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.
— Jason Yarnell COLUMBIA TRIBUNE
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CREW

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JEFF UNAY
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / DP

Jeff is a director, cinematographer and Visual Effects Society award-winning artist. The Cage Fighter, Jeff's feature directorial debut, is distributed by IFC Films | Sundance Selects and is nominated for a 2018 Independent Spirit Award in the Truer Than Fiction category. The Independent Magazine recognizes Jeff as one of 10 Filmmakers To Watch in 2017. He is a Sundance, TFI and Points North Institute Fellow and a member of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame.

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.

 

 

 
An emotional powerhouse.
— THE MOVEABLE FEST
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