(MAR 26) The 2016 Freep
Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Detroit
debut of "T-Rex" in the DFT.
"T-Rex” chronicles the journey of Flint’s Claressa (T-Rex)
Shields as she pursues her goal of winning the gold in women’s
boxing at the 2012 London Olympics.
Detroit Press reports the
following: The film will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 31 at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute
Arts. Shields is scheduled to attend the screening, the film's
metro Detroit premiere.
Freep Film Festival is partnering
with the Detroit Bus Company to get youth boxers from Detroit’s
Downtown Boxing Gym to the DIA so they can see the movie for
free and participate in the after-film programming.In the movie,
directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper go behind the scenes
to give a realistic portrayal of the challenges Shields faces,
both as a rising star in a sport being featured in its first
Olympics and as someone trying not to let her family’s problems
affect her focus.
“T-Rex” has been screened
at numerous festivals, including the SXSW Film Festival and the
Hot Docs film festival. It took home the Audience Award at the
San Francisco International Film Festival and the Roger Ebert
Prize for best film by a first-time filmmaker at the Traverse
City Film Festival.
Link to full article on Freep.com
Meanwhile, Shields is working to qualify for the chance to
defend her Olympic gold in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro,
After the film Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley leads a
discussion with Olympic gold-medal boxer Claressa Shields,
director Zackary Canepari and participants in the Detroit Boxing
Gym Youth Program.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at tickets.dia.org.
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coverage on the 2012 Olympics at