Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields

Claressa Shields Gets Documentary

The journey of the 17-year-old history-making Olympic boxer will be brought to the big screen soon thanks to a successful fundraising campaign

by #teamEBONY, August 16, 2012

Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields

Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields

Claressa "T-Rex" Shields made Olympic history by bringing home the USA's first gold medal for women's boxing. A documentary of the 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan is now in the final lap of production, ensuring viewers an intimate look into the champion's rocky road to glory. Filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari began shooting earlier this year before Shields even made it to the London Games, but were able to raise a hefty $64,000 online to complete the project. Although the film may not finish in time for a Sundance premiere, the events documented in it are literally history-making, so the wait will certainly be worth it.

Here is an idea of what viewers can expect from the documentary:

"Friends and family just call her Ressa. She's from Flint, Michigan. She's in high school. Next year she'll be a senior. The first day we met, it was her 17th birthday. She had a water balloon fight and a big, yellow cake. She carries her money around in a plastic bottle. She wears her hair in braids (sometimes). She takes the bus to school. She likes twitter. She likes boys. She writes in her journal. Pretty everyday for a teenager. But this is hardly an everyday story. Six years ago her dad took her to a local boxing gym. She said she wanted to box. He said, "Hell no. Boxing is a man's sport." She ignored him."

Read it at Shadow and Act.



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