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All this week, we're spotlighting four films that will be in the running for our Camden International Film Festival Project of the Week contest.  At the end of the week, we'll have a vote for the project that you like the most.  That project will get to pitch their project at the CIFF Points North Pitch, where a world-class panel will give feedback on their projects and award one pitch project $1,000.  The Indiewire/CIFF Project of the Week winner will receive free lodging in Maine and a travel stipend!

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?"

Tweetable logline:

Olympic Gold Medalist boxer, called “the next Muhammad Ali,” loses a title fight and then must confront the tragic flaws that haunt his life

Elevator Pitch: 

How does the first-ever Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist find himself doing janitorial work in a West Philadelphia gym? With an Olympic gold medal and a new motto, "Realize your Potential," Tyrell Biggs seemed poised to become a boxing legend. Then something happened. Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs? provides a fascinating look at a life drawn straight from Shakespearean tragedy – the story of one man’s fall from worldwide recognition and acclaim into the depths of addiction and despair. In living in that territory in between, Biggs confronts, though on a grander scale, the struggle that lives within us all.

Production Team:

Director(s): Dafna Yachin (Digital Dharma), Trinity Greer
Producers: Leilani Goode, Doc Nowicki, David Price, Dafna Yachin
Editor: Geoff Morris
Writer: Art Fischman
Art Director: Andrea Bitai

About the Production:

"In undertaking Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?, my primary purpose was to contrast the life that Tyrell once had with the life he now has – the career of an international star with unlimited potential versus the life of a guy pushing a broom in an inner city boxing gym. From the outside, Tyrell’s life seems a mystery – the enormously talented young boxer who wins Olympic Gold, but then comes completely off the rails. To those of us who have come to know him through his own words, the mystery quickly morphs into tragedy." -- Dafna Yachin

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