TitleShot

by Gaylen Ross and Andrew Ford

A stark chronicle of professional boxing through the rise and fall of 1990's junior middleweight contender Godfrey Nyakana — focuses its lens on sides of the sweet science rarely seen.

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TitleShot Special Still: Ties the gloves
TitleShot Special Still: Ties the gloves

Synopsis

TitleShot offers some of the best in-the-ring fight action and emotional intensity of great fight films. From training at the world famous Gleason's gym in Brooklyn, New York to fighting at the Great Western Forum of Los Angeles, TitleShot captures the uniquely exquisite blow by blow action of professional boxing through the joy and heartbreak of junior middleweight Ugandan boxer Godfrey Nyakana's title quest. A former Commonwealth Games gold-medal winner, Godfrey travels 3 hours on the subway each day from a tiny basement apartment in the East Bronx to Gleason's. For Godfrey this is not just a fight for a title but for his life — manager, trainer, big money backers, all wrapped up in the American dream.

Credits/Bios

Gaylen Ross, Director/Producer

Ross has produced, directed and written award-winning documentary films for over 25 years, premiering in national and international film festivals. Among her films, Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis, was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, broadcast on BBC Storyville, shown in 11 countries and has enjoyed an unprecedented theatrical release in the US, Israel and France. It was named by the LA Times as one of the best documentary films of 2010. She produced and wrote the Emmy award-winning Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold — feature-length doc on the Swiss Banks and the Holocaust accounts. Her documentary on diamond dealers Dealers Among Dealers which aired on PBS's POV was the official selection of the Berlin Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, awarded a Gold Plaque from the Chicago Film Festival. Her latest film Caris' Peace about an actress who lost her memory premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival, won first place Athens Film Festival, Ohio; and presented as the featured film for the Rubin Museum of Art's Brainwave series in New York.

Andrew Ford, Producer

Ford is a producer, editor, and writer specializing in multi-award winning long-form documentaries and narrative features. He recently was editor and writer on Seventh Fire, a feature-length documentary about an Ojibwe community in rural Minnesota struggling with the violent rise of Native American gangs. With executive producer Natalie Portman, the film was presented by Terrence Malick at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Mr. Ford's other recent credits include The War Against Women (a documentary examining the global phenomenon of rape as a weapon of war), Down the Shore (James Gandolfini, Famke Janssen), A Walk to Beautiful (Emmy winner 2009, IDA best documentary feature 2007 winner), and Killing Kasztner (Toronto International Film Festival premiere). Mr. Ford also has extensive television credits that include National Geographic Border Wars, the Frontier House series for PBS which received an Emmy nomination, and the ground-breaking documentary series Family Bonds for HBO.

TitleShot Special Still: Training at Gleason's Gym
TitleShot Special Still: Training at Gleason's Gym
TitleShot Special Still: Locker room, last to leave
TitleShot Special Still: Locker room, last to leave