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VIEWPOINTS

BENDING STEEL

Directed by Dave Carroll
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 93 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BENDING STEEL
The Cyclone, The Freakshow, The Mermaid Parade: all Coney Island icons. But for Chris “Wonder” Schoeck, the legend of the Coney Island Strongman has always been the purest source of child-like fascination. Working as a personal trainer but searching for a place in a world in which he has yet to find his niche, Chris sets his sights on joining a mix of living legends and young aspirants who seek to ride the latest cultural wave straight to the boardwalk.

Director Dave Carroll’s moving documentary follows the sweet, unassuming Schoeck as he attempts to parlay his extraordinary strength into a stage career, despite his debilitating shyness and aversion to performance. Training with the elite group of men who, using their bodily strength alone, bend, drag, twist and shred metal, Chris quickly realizes the size of the physical and mental challenge before him. In pursuit of his lifelong dream, Chris embarks on a surprisingly emotional journey, proving that growing up does not mean giving up.

—Liza Domnitz
Documentary
About the Director(s)
DAVE CARROLL is a former commercial and film actor who studied cinematography at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He is the founder of Suspect Films, a production company based in New York City. Bending Steel is his first departure from fiction and his directorial feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    93 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Dave Carroll
  • Screenwriter:
    Dave Carroll, Ryan Scafuro
  • Producer:
    Ryan Scafuro
  • Editor:
    John Hoyt
  • Associate Producer:
    Dave Carroll, John Hoyt
  • Director of Photography:
    Ryan Scafuro
  • Composer:
    Fernando Martinez
  • Cast:
    Chris Schoeck, Chris Rider
  • Cinematographer:
    Ryan Scafuro

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Ryan Scafuro
    Ryan Scafuro Productions Inc
    Brooklyn, 11231
    Phone: 617 566 8496
    ryan.scafuro@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    David Magdael
    David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Phone: 213 624 7827
    dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Ryan Scafuro
    Ryan Scafuro Productions Inc
    Brooklyn, 11231
    Phone: 617 566 8496
    ryan.scafuro@gmail.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    josh@submarine.com

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