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Great news! Over the weekend, Bending Steel won the jury award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oxford Film Festival! Big thanks to our festival and jurors, who wrote: 

Documentary filmmaking is more than just picking up a camera and recording events, it’s about telling a real story in a way that’s both compelling and cinematic. For taking one man’s personal mission to achieve the seemingly impossible and making it relatable to anyone who’s ever followed a dream, and for telling that story through gorgeous cinematography, tight editing, and strong character development, the jury awards Best Documentary Feature to BENDING STEEL, directed by Dave Carroll.

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Take 5 with "Bending Steel"

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We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Ryan Scafuro, producer, co-writer and cinematographer of Bending Steel. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less,…

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Home for the holidays. #bendingsteel #prints

Home for the holidays. #bendingsteel #prints

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Chris "Wonder" Schoeck named one of the "most notable and significant documentary subjects of the year by Cinema Eye

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A couple of weeks ago Bending Steel screened at the @camdeniff in Camden, Maine and WOW.  What an absolutely amazing festival Ben Fowlie, Caroline von Kuhn, and company put on in a completely picturesque coastal village.  The audiences were fantastic, and Bending Steel took home both the Emerging Cinematic Vision award and the Audience award! Here are some photos from our trip…

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Bending Steel
(92 min)

Bending Steel, a deeply moving and inspiring documentary from filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro, explores the life of 43 year-old Chris Schoeck, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional Oldetime Strongman. The story follows Chris’ journey from his early days training in a small basement storage unit, to his very first performance on the big stage at New York’s historic Coney Island. Alongside his trainer Chris Rider, he meets living legends and heroes within the community–and for the first time ever–he gets a taste of acceptance, something that, since his early childhood, has always felt just out of reach. Suddenly Chris sees an opportunity to finally stand out, to make a name for himself, to find his place in life.
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Interview with filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro

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Bending Steel is an official selection of the Coney Island Film Festival!  Come see the film in the same building where our exciting climax was filmed!  More info here: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/

Bending Steel is an official selection of the Coney Island Film Festival!  Come see the film in the same building where our exciting climax was filmed!  More info here: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/

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Photos from last nights @rooftopfilms and @tribecafilmfest presentation of Bending Steel on the beach at Coney Island

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New documentary 'Bending Steel' follows strongman Chris 'Wonder' Schoeck

We were interviewed by Steve Dollar at the Wall Street Journal ahead of the Rooftop Films Screening this Monday, July 8th.  The article can be found it today’s copy of the paper.  Hope to see you on Monday!

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In prep for our @rooftopfilms screening at Coney Island Mon 7/8, @filmwax radio interviewed the Bending Steel team. Listen here: http://bit.ly/1230OmE 

In prep for our @rooftopfilms screening at Coney Island Mon 7/8, @filmwax radio interviewed the Bending Steel team. Listen here: