FREE – Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. | View the film and join the conversation on coming-of-age story of boxing star Claressa “T- Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan. RESERVE SEATS HERE
UPDATE: One of the filmmakers, Zackary Canepari, will be attending the event!
Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR is excited to offer an advance screening of T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, a film by filmmakers Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari and Sue Jaye Johnson. The film is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won Olympic gold at the London games in 2012.
This special film screening takes place at Berston Field House in Flint, home of the gym where T-Rex has trained since her first days in the ring, and where she teaches today. The Field House is also the location where much of the film was produced.
Supporters of T-Rex throughout her career will be on hand for Q&A after the film, including Bryant Nolden, executive director of Friends of Berston Field House; Ed “Coach Bean” Kendall, coach of FWC Berston Boxing; and Jason Crutchfield, Coach (Claressa’s Coach) of FWC Berston Boxing.
Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. RESERVE SEATS HERE
WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up takes place at the Berston Field House, 3300 Saginaw St. in Flint, Michigan. Parking is free in the lot next to the Berston Field House.
More About "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"
T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is a documentary about the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. Now with a record of 69-1, she is ranked number one in the world heading into her second Olympic competition, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. The film traces her rise as an Olympic athlete from the streets of Flint to the podium in London, and the subsequent challenges and disappointments as Claressa watches fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements while none come forward to support her, raising questions about race, class, and gender bias. Agents suggest she should soften her image, but Claressa is her own person, ready to push the boundaries while fighting for another gold and a better life.
On the Air
T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold airs on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at 10 p.m. on WKAR.