"Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?" is now fiscally sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. You can make a tax-deductible donation of $25 dollars or more @ http://www.tyrellbiggs.com/#!donate/c61v
Find out what the next generation of Philly boxers have to say about this documentary.
About the Film
Tyrell Biggs, a standout athlete in high school, takes up boxing and wins Olympic Gold and his first15 pro fights. But there’s a dark side to Biggs, one that includes a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Following a devastating loss in his title fight with Tyson, Biggs falls into obscurity, then must slowly try to rebuild his life.
Were drugs his downfall – the addiction he could never really recover from? Did his management take him too far too fast, throwing him in too soon against the seemingly indestructible Mike Tyson? What was the long- term damage inflicted on him by the savage beating he endured at the hands of Tyson? And how does one explain the catastrophically downward spiral of his career as he subsequently loses against a series of opponents far less skilled than he?
His sudden fall from grace, his loss of heart and his struggle make for a gut-wrenching tale.
Biggs’s former managers and trainers, as well as referees, boxing historians, friends and opponents, all have strong opinions about the character of the man, the skills he possessed and the promise that was never fulfilled.
As Filmmakers we felt moved to connect the dots from the classic tragic boxing tale of Tyrell Biggs to the hope of the West Philadelphia interfaith and multigenerational community and after school program that adopts this fallen hero and, with him, begins to write a new chapter in boxing for a struggling neighborhood.
Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs? is not only a great sports biopic, but a film that will shine a light on the importance of after-school programs and community engagement needed to help inner city youth succeed.
West Philadelphia and the Shepard Recreation Center are bursting with good stories but lack the resources to tell their own tale. Help give them a voice. This is an important project -- not just for those of us who have dedicated ourselves to it, but for the many that can be helped and inspired by this incredible story.
How can you, our supporters, be sure we’ll complete this film and get it out to a larger audience?
Our team has a proven track record for successful films and series.
Our most recent award-winning feature doc, "Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture" was successfully crowd funded on Kickstarter in 2012, went on to be Oscar qualified, and is still the darling of film festivals and screenings around the world. It has also been picked up for international distribution.
We have been working on “Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?” for two years. Our advisors are leading coaches, trainers, managers, refs, promoters and fighters from boxing’s past and present.
Those relationships that give us unique and total access, along with our experience with NGO and human rights storytelling, demonstrate that we have the empathy, technical capability, and creativity to tackle and expand a theme to a global audience and deliver an outstanding film that should be in theaters, on television, online and in every educational archive
We know that a majority of the archival footage and photographs have been located but need to be transferred to HD and licensed. With historic Sports Documentaries, licensing fees is usually the thorn in every independent producers side. The Olympics and networks are very proprietary and with boxing footage, in particular, it is difficult and costly to get licensing in perpetuity which is needed for independent Documentaries.
We are well known for our graphics design teams and will reduce the cost of many of the archival fights by creating unique animated re-enactments.
The Philadelphia Community has had and continues to have a great music personality. It is the heartbeat of many of the communities that also revere the sport of boxing. We are hoping to license some of the music of the past and present along with original scoring.
Take a look at many of the winning KOs in production from our team bios.
Co-Director/ Producer- Dafna Yachin is an Independent Documentary Producer/Director and Chief Creative Officer at Lunchbox Communications, a woman's-owned digital media firm. For over 20 years Dafna has written, produced and directed award-winning television, film and multimedia productions. Her documentaries and specials have aired on CBS, ABC and SyFy (among others). Her feature documentary "Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture" was selected for Docuweeks 2012, where it received Oscar qualification. It is now the gemstone of 2013 film festivals worldwide and was picked up for global distribution by Off the Fence.
Co-Director/ DP- Trinity Greer is an award winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Animation. He has ten years experience in television, broadcast, advertising, and marketing. He has directed and worked as a DP. His other projects include narrative film work, TV shows, commercials and Industrial films. He is also a professional photographer. Notable projects and clients include "Alpha Warrior" (2013), "Toxic Airlines" (2007), "A Place to Dance" (2006), "Assembly of God's Rest" (2003).
Executive Producers- D and D Management Team, LLC is a full service management company with the primary focus on the management of professional prizefighters, sports and entertainers. Their division that focuses on the development of reality television shows, documentary films and publishing of sports related books has paired up with Lunchbox Communications to produce the documentary on Tyrell Biggs.
Producer- Leilani Goode is an award winning filmaker who has just completed her 45th project. Leilani has worked in all aspects of film and theater production, to include acting, directing, and producing. She has also Co-Directed a local Film Festival and taught Film Production Courses. Currently, Leilani is pursuing a Masters degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Producer- Molly Brennan is a part of the program development team at Lunchbox Communications. This is her first feature. She has been key to producing everything from spots to web series since coming to Lunchbox two year ago. She also specializes in marketing and community outreach and social media promotion. In her spare time Molly is pursuing her Graduate degree in International Marketing at Saint Joseph's University.
Writer- Arthur Fischman has won numerous awards for his video and interactive scripts, including a Telly, an ITVA Silver Award and a New York Festivals Bronze World Medal. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Digital Dharma and is coauthor of The Living Memories Project (scheduled for publication later this year). In addition to writing scripts and marketing copy for the major ad campaigns of some leading companies, Arthur has designed and written training videos for large corporate clients.
Editor- Geoff Morris is a young editor who has worked almost everywhere in the Philadelphia indie film scene. He is specializing in post-production but continues to love being on set either shooting or lighting sizzles for the program development team at Lunchbox Communications. Notable projects include "Changing the Game" and final post for the feature documentary "Digital Dharma".
Professional- You have officially gone pro! Receive the "Pro Pack" which includes a “Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs?” digital postcard and a download of behind the scenes production stills as well as a thank you "shout out" on social media!
Light Welterweight- A handsome addition to the wall of any fight fan: Get a limited edition autographed photo of up-and-coming Philly boxer King Gabriel Rosado or Jesse Hart as well as a copy of the DVD.
Light Heavyweight - Undiscovered boxers (of any age): Think you’ve got what it takes? Want to find out if you do? Enjoy a sparring session with one of the top young fighters in The Stable of DandD Management and spotlight on social media (travel not included).
If you’re a fight fan, you’ve heard of sensational middleweight prospect Jesse Hart – now own a pair of gloves worn by Jesse in a pro fight . . .Visit Philly and have your gloves autographed for you and your picture taken or have gloves shipped with a signed note! (Travel not included)
Two Tickets to Jesse "Hard Work" Hart's upcoming fight in Las Vegas! As a token of our appreciation, you will get the chance to see Philly's next big star when he squares off in Sin City. Inside access with Hart and DandD Management. Pre-fight sparring, weigh-in, post fight photo session. (Travel not included)
Congratulations! You have just become a crucial part of boxing history and are now an Associate Producers of "Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs."
Includes end screen credit and VIP status at all screenings. (Travel not included)
See your name on the big screen in the title sequence and end credits! You are the real Boxing Promoter and we could not have made this film without you as "Executive Producer." Includes VIP status at all screenings. (Travel not included)