Doc On Gold Medalist, 17 Year Old Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields, Youngest Woman To Box In Olympics
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Doc On Gold Medalist, 17 Year Old Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields, Youngest Woman To Box In Olympics


With the 2012 Summer Olympics now officially behind us (unless you live in London anyway, where you all are probably still recovering from it all), a documentary feature film about 17 year-old Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, the youngest woman – and one of the first – to ever box in the Olympics, is in production.

The tri-continental effort (North America, Europe and Asia) comes from directors Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari, who've been shooting the film since the beginning of this year, and recently successfully completed a $64,000 fundraising campaign – funds that will now be used to complete the film in another 4-6 months.

Here's a long description of the project:

T-Rex isn't her real name. Her real name is Claressa. 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.

Skip ahead to the 2012 summer Olympics in London, where women's boxing was a first-time-ever sport, with Claressa being the youngest of all the competitors. Claressa would eventually claim her sport in history as the youngest, and the first woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in her weight class. 

She returned home, to Flint just yesterday, as a new chapter in her life begins…

This would be a doc primed for the Sundance Film Festival next January, but with 4-6 months left of production, it's unlikely it'll premiere there.

But it's on my watch list.

Check out a preview of what to expect below:

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