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November 17, 2011 10:40 AM
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Project of the Day: The Underground World of "Bending Steel"

Dave Carroll's "Bending Steel."

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.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Bending Steel"
 
Tweetable Logline:
 
A film about Chris Schoeck, an olde-time strongman struggling to overcome personal adversity and discover his place in the world.
 
Elevator Pitch:
 

A film about the art of the oldetime strongman, people who perform feats of strength such as bending nails and horseshoes with their bare hands, and break chains with their hair. It follows Queens native Chris Schoeck as he struggles to enter into a elite community and find personal fulfillment through this unusual activity. Introverted and socially awkward, Chris is an unlikely performer. We've stumbled upon a unique subject, have some amazing characters, and have captured a truly inspiring journey. It is a true New York story. The film will be shopped to the major international film festivals upon completion.

Production Team:

Director: Dave Carroll
Producers: Dave Carroll, Ryan Scafuro
Director of Photography: Ryan Scafuro
Editor: John Hoyt
Composer: Fernando Martinez
 
About the Production:
 

This film quickly went from being a pet project to a full blown feature documentary for us. The strongman community is such a unique subculture rooted deep in American history. Then there is our main character. Chris has a very innocent quality to him, which makes him compelling to watch. He lacks the kind of self-concerned vanity that make people unnatural on camera. He eventually opened up to us with plot driving revelations. What we were capturing was truly amazing. Sharing someone’s intimate moments is very exposing and self-revealing. The story that we were telling was inspiring and wonderfully human." -- Dave Carroll

Current Status:

Post-production, looking to finish the film next year.
 
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4 Comments

  • Eda A. | November 30, 2011 3:11 PMReply

    Loved the movie! Lots of passion...Can't wait to see the full version.

  • Deep Thinker | November 29, 2011 7:49 PMReply

    This film looks amazing. A true inspiration.

  • Ty | November 21, 2011 10:48 AMReply

    Hope to watch full story of this project in a next year!!

  • Penny | November 19, 2011 9:55 AMReply

    A must see! So much unique talent in this group of men.