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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
TAKEDOWNS AND FALLS
with filmmaker Todd Hickey and editor Joshua Dobson
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
Every autumn thousands of high school wrestlers throughout the state of Pennsylvania begin the season with the hope of making it to the PIAA State Championships in Hershey. Few students ever make it, even less win, but for all, the journey to obtain one of the most elusive titles in high school athletics is one of pain, commitment and sacrifice.
Takedowns and Falls follows a small cast through one high school wrestling season in Harrisburg, Pa., showcasing the sport, the sacrifice of its athletes and dedication of its coaches, as well as revealing stories of triumph and defeat; pressure and expectation; mental and physical preparation; and concepts of personal achievement, as told through the lives and experiences of a wrestler, a coach, a team and the pursuit of a common dream. Takedowns and Falls is about these former and current athletes dedicating themselves to a sport and lifestyle that has no hope of making them rich and famous. They will never be a household name, but because of the sport's incredible localized popularity, in places like Harrisburg, high school athletes often find themselves on the front page of the newspaper. Whether it is the misunderstandings of the sport and its athletes or self-imposed, wrestlers are often rather isolated from the world of "popular" sports. Despite its intense following and crowds, it is often the least respected of high school sports programs and Takedowns and Falls explores building foundations of humility, family, friendship, individualism and teamwork, via the quest for State Championships.
Directed by Todd Hickey and Kirk Ledger, U. S. A., 2010, 122 mins.
Filmmaker Todd Hickey and the editor Joshua Dobson will be here for Q&A after all screenings on Fri., May 7, Sat., May 8, as well as the 1:30 pm and 4 pm screenings on Sunday, May 9.