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Cradle of Champions  2017

Directed by Bartle Bull
Produced by Maiken Baird
Distributed by Showtime Networks

World Premiere DOC NYC 2017

Since the 1920’s, New York City’s amateur boxers have competed for glory in The Golden Gloves, a legendary annual boxing tournament that has produced more professional world champions than the Olympics. In this gritty verité tale, viewers are given a ringside seat as three young people battle to change their lives through a three-month odyssey of dreams, redemption and heartbreak.

Manchester International Film Festival
Winner, Festival Prize; Winner, Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Winner, Best Feature Documentary

Nominee, Metropolis Grand Jury Prize

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Nominee, Jury Award, Best Documentary Film

“Getting to know the contenders and their families is made all the more engaging by the New York spirit of everyone involved.”
The Times (UK)

“What makes it so compelling to watch is the choice of characters and the examination of what, beyond sporting glory, they are actually fighting for.”
The Guardian
“Boxing fans will enjoy the brutal training and moving stories before the final clash.”
The Daily Mail

“This triumphant film is almost an advertisement for the incredible power the sport has in working-class communities.”
Little White Lies