About this project
Thanks to each and every person who has helped us reach our minimum goal for covering our production costs. With just a few days left, we've set ourselves a stretch goal of 70k to help begin to chip away at our post-production costs which will include licensing fees for Olympic footage of Claressa's fights. Not a cheap piece to the puzzle. Any additional contributions will go directly to the costs associated with those licensing fees. We thank you all for your continued support and generous contributions!
"T-Rex" is an intimate coming-of-age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was a scrawny 11-year-old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion; he just never thought it’d be a girl. Her relationships with her coach and her family grow tenser as she gets closer and closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
We've been shooting for six months now. Flint. Canada. China. Las Vegas. Colorado. And London is looming. The almighty Olympic Games! As you can imagine, making a film on 3 continents can get expensive. Which is why we are here. We want to finish strong but we need your support.
The funds we are hoping to raise will be used to cover the hard costs of our production. Flights. Hotels. Visas. Hard drives. Sandwiches. Steadicams. Minivans. Cameras. Batteries. You get the idea. We've have about another 4-6 months to go.
Brass tacks: We need your help! We need support and love and if you have any, we need money. We wouldn't be asking if we didn't believe in this project, Claressa and ourselves. We'll take whatever you are willing to give. And we'll be forever grateful to you for giving it!
We don't make films in bubbles, vacuums or ivory towers so we promise a steady (but not annoying) stream of words and photographs from the road. In addition to all the fine gifts/rewards/prizes that are available, most importantly, a donation of any size makes you an official member of Team T-Rex. So feel free to make little dinosaur arms and roar like an animal. We do it all the time...
WHO WE ARE
Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper began working together in 2009 right after Zack shot Drea's wedding and then proceeded to lose all the photos. Since then, they've produced an online series of short documentaries called "California is a place", and have directed a handful of commercial films for clients such as Apple, Toyota, Ray-Ban, Adidas and Chevrolet. They are the proud owners of 3 fancy glass awards from film festivals you've never heard of and one that you have (Sundance!). What else do you want to know? Drea is better at racket sports. Zack has a red beard. Neither one of them really speaks Hindi or Spanish but they sure do like to pretend...
Sue Jaye Johnson has worked in pretty much every medium there is -- radio, photography, video and sometimes all of them together in award-winning productions. She has been following the women who are attempting to be the first ever to step into the Olympic Boxing ring for the New York Times Magazine, NPR and WNYC. She boxed just enough to know that her best shot at the Olympics is probably in curling. No offense to curling.
Bianca Darville is a documentary and commercial line producer. A film theory graduate from UC Berkeley, she has produced films and commercials for the Pearson Foundation, Apple, Toyota, Ray-Ban and Chevrolet. She dreams of one day directing a mocumentary about professional skipping. You'll have to ask her...
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP
Drea, Zack, Sue and Bianca