World premiere, introduced by director Joanna Kohler
Lisa Bauch’s Uppercut Boxing Gym in Northeast Minneapolis is the home of a female amateur boxing team. Local filmmaker Joanna Kohler followed their footwork as they prepared to compete in the 2005 Ringside International Tournament in Kansas City. Training six days a week, the boxers—Gina Campbell, Becca Gilgen, Amy Laboe, Sarah Mickelson, Rachel Schley, and Dagney Willey—were filmed as they refined their techniques, increased their speed, mastered their fears, and supported one another as a team. “[The] Boxers film project is a chance for me to explore images of women both physically strong and self-reflective. It [is] about finding relationships through the struggle for equal access that I felt was a story that should be told by a woman filmmaker” (Joanna Kohler). 2006, U.S., video, 80 minutes.