By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com June 2, 2010 at 2:28AM
Following a year full of lifetime achievement honors at IDFA, MoMA, and Silverdocs, maverick doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be releasing his new film "Boxing Gym" theatrically via his distribution company, Zipporah Films, Inc. in conjunction with Michael Tuckman's mTuckman Media, which he worked with on his previous effort, "La danse - Le ballet de l'Opera de Paris." The film will open at New York City's IFC Center on October 22. A national rollout will follow.
"Boxing Gym" profiles Lord's Gym, an Austin, TX, institution in the boxing world, which was founded twenty years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. With its wildly diverse population of trainees, the film shows a true cross-section of American life, meeting to interact and train. On the making of his 38th film, Wiseman commented in a statement, “As soon as I walked into Lord’s Gym, I knew I wanted to make a movie there. The variety of people working out, the friendly atmosphere, and the old posters on the wall added up to a terrific location for a film.”
The film was produced by KO films, Inc. in association with the Independent Television Service and PBS.