Boxing has always made for great drama. There have been few moments in the history of the sport as gripping as Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’s tragic win over Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim on November 13, 1982.
Now, 30 years later, Mancini revisits that story in the documentary film, “The Good Son.”
Actor Holt McCallany, who played a struggling heavyweight champ on the former FX series, “Lights Out,” will be attending premiere of “The Good Son,” at the first ever Shadow Box Film Festival on November 30, 2012 at the SVA Theater in Manhattan. McCallany and Mancini have worked together in the 1994 film. “The Search for One Eyed Jimmy,” and during a theater production.
“Ray’s a good friend and I am excited about this film,” said McCallany. “Boxing is inherently dramatic because of the risks that fighters take when they step in the ring. The challenges they must overcome. The belief they must have in themselves. The physical courage and mental discipline they need to succeed. Boxing, above all other sports, is a metaphor for life.”
McCallany is also the narrator for the audio book, “The Good Son, the Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.”
Just prior to the screening of Mancini’s film on November 30, a panel discussion will take place on why boxing lends itself to great film. It will be moderated by Showtime’s Steve Farhood and will include Mancini, former WBO heavyweight champ Michael Bentt, former junior middleweight contender Mark McPherson, HBO’s Emmy-winner writer Aaron Cohen, filmmaker Chris Kenneally and McCallany.
Mancini’s film will be the featured attraction on the opening night of The Shadow Box Film Festival. The festival will take place over two days – Nov. 30-Dec. 1 – at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. It will showcase 30 boxing films, including 11 features. The films for this festival were shot in eight countries — Cuba, Thailand, Germany, United States, Canada, Spain, Argentina and England.
“I think a boxing film festival is a great idea,” said Mancini, the former lightweight champion of the world. “I am really looking forward to coming to New York City for this festival. This I know for sure. More films have been made on boxing than all the other sports combined. Boxing parallels life and people understand that. That’s why there are so many well received boxing films. You get knocked down, you get back up. The idea of an all boxing film festival is long overdue.”
There will also be a special showcase for Oscar-winning director Leon Gast. On Saturday. Dec. 1, Mr. Gast will screen a highlight reel of his work, which will include a preview of his upcoming documentary on Manny Pacquiao. The screening will be followed by a QnA with Mr. Gast. At the conclusion of the QnA, the critically acclaimed documentary film, “Buffalo Girls,” will screen.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a great line up of films for the first annual Shadow Box Film Festival,” said festival director David Schuster. “We feel that fans of both boxing and film will enjoy our festival.”
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