Bleed for This


Rafael 1Sat, Oct 15, 2016 7:30 PM
Spotlight Aaron Eckhart
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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Screening
Running Time:134 min.
Director:Ben Younger
Producer:Chad A. Verdi
Noah Kraft
Screenwriter:Ben Younger
Cinematographer:Larkin Seiple
Editor:Zac Stuart-Pontier
Cast:Miles Teller
Aaron Eckhart
Katey Sagal
Ciarán Hinds
Ted Levine
Print Source:Open Road Films
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont


SPOTLIGHT: AARON ECKHART When horrifying injuries from a car accident threaten to derail the future of freshly minted light middleweight boxing champion Vinnie “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, he refuses to accept that his burgeoning career could be over. Instead, he sets out to stage one of the greatest real-life comeback stories in sports history. Stubborn and unrelenting—with a shocking tolerance for intense pain—Vinnie (an uncharacteristically buff and mustachioed Miles Teller) enlists the help of veteran trainer Kevin Rooney (an uncharacteristically paunchy and balding Aaron Eckhart) to fight his way back into the ring against the advice of his doctors and the wishes of his close-knit Italian family—all while wearing an immobilizing stainless steel halo. Director Ben Younger (Boiler Room) recreates 1985 Providence, Rhode Island, in all its big-haired, acid-washed glory, with an eclectic soundtrack to match. A satisfying physical and emotional workout, Bleed for This is this generation’s Raging Bull.


Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Aaron Eckhart, a screening of Bleed for This, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of his significant performance. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Il Davide in San Rafael.

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Additional Information

Ben Younger (Director, Story By, Screenplay By) was born and bred in New York. He trained in the art of filmmaking by working as a grip on feature films, commercials, and music videos. Inspired by an early job interview at a less-than-respectable brokerage house in Long Island, Younger, at the age of 26, wrote and directed his first film, Boiler Room, starring Ben Affleck, for which he earned two Independent Spirits Awards nominations – Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature. His next feature film, Prime, starred Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. Ben has since completed Bleed for This, a boxing film executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckart. The movie will be released in November of 2016. Ben is currently in pre-production on his next feature, Isle of Man, a motorcycle racing film that shoots in 2017. Ben lives in Brooklyn.