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The Cage & Screen Report takes you behind the scenes of TV shows and films that focus on mixed martial arts, boxing and the many fighters who have crossed over from the cage, octagon or ring into the bright lights of Hollywood and beyond

Host Susan Cingari speaks with filmmaker Maxine Davis, who’s produced a fascinating film about the very first “Women’s Outward Bound” program in the USA in 1965.

For the 24 women who bravely survived the wilderness school for one month in the woods and alone on a 3-day solo, it was a life-changing the experience for them and Maxine would agree since she was a part of that very first class.

Maxine spent four years tracking down her classmates and meets many of them again after 47 years in a reunion where they shared fond memories and life experiences.

This film is more than just a “great movie” it truly pays tribute to these women pioneers for breaking down the barriers for future generations of women to come. The message is a simple but important one “You can have a difficult time and get through it.”

If you are in the Los Angeles area you can see this film at Artemis The Women In Action Film Festival on Sun. Apr. 24, 1:05pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd.

To find out more about the film “Women Outward Bound” and see when it’s coming to your area check out their website at http://www.womenoutwardbound.com/

Host Susan Cingari speaks with legendary boxer Roberto Duran about the new film”Hands Of Stone

“Hands of Stone” details the life of Duran who started from humble beginnings in Panama, to become one of the best boxers of all time. It also explores the complicated and life changing relationship between his trainer Ray Arcel – played by Robert De Niro and Roberto Duran. Arcel trained more than 2 thousand fighters in his 70 year career.

Golden Globe Nominee Edgar Ramirez packs a punch as Roberto Duran, learning how to box for the film by the master himself, Roberto Duran as well as his 2 sons.

And, 8 time Grammy winner Usher Raymond IV takes on the role of arch rival, Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard also personally trained Usher for his role in the film.

Fans of boxing history will be delighted to know all the boxing fights in the film were choreographed to be identical to the original fights.

“Hands of Stone” is beautifully shot and is not only the biggest film ever to be made in Panama but boasts the widest release in history for a Latin Film.

The film is directed and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Jacubowicz is best known for his film “Secuestro Express” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards and was a New York Times “Critics’ Pick” in 2005.

It also stars Ellen Barkin and Ruben Blades

Thanks to Roberto Duran and his son Robin Duran for taking the time to interview with me. The film is in theaters now so check your local listings.

Host Susan Cingari  speaks with fight journalist and film maker Mathew Kaplowitz who has shot, edited and produced an amazing documentary called “Girl Fight –a Muay Thai Story

This fascinating film takes you inside “The Girl Fight Gym” in Toms River, New Jersey. The owner Prairie Rugilo opened this all-female Muay Thai kickboxing gym in 2009 and has been on a mission of “empowering women” through martial arts for the past 7 years. Along with her training partner, Jaime Philips, Prairie coaches a fight team of people that probably have never stepped into the ring unless they were at this gym.

The film closely follows Prarie on her journey to avenge her title loss and win her belt back despite several losses. The film takes you behind the scenes to see the struggles Prarie has in deciding whether she should follow her dream and regain that belt or just stay on the sidelines.

It also profiles another fighter DeAna Mendez, a police officer who has decided she wants to try fighting and her challenge to have enough strength and confidence to fight.

If you are a fan of MMA or even if you are not “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” is a film you will enjoy as the issues these ladies face are similar to many issues all of us face on a daily basis. Can I do this? Am I good enough?

If you are in the Los Angeles area you can see this film at Artemis –
April 22- 24th –The Women In Action Film Festival  

To find out more about the film “Girl Fight” “http://www.thegirlfightstory.com/

Follow them on FB here: “https://www.facebook.com/thegirlfightstory”

You can Follow Matt on twitter here: “https://twitter.com/TheFightNerd”

My sincere thanks to Matt Kaplowitz for taking the time to interview with me.

http://www.mustlovemma.com, Host Susan Cingari speaks with award-winning filmmaker Justin Zimerman about his newest project “SMART”.

“SMART” – which stands for the Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue is a feature-length documentary which follows a group of highly trained professionals in Los Angeles who will do just about anything they can to save wild or domestic animals from danger.

The action-packed film shot over a three year period chronicles a wide variety of rescue situations from your standard cat in the tree to such unusual predicaments as getting a horse out of a river by helicopter and tranquilizing a deer in Pee-Wee Herman’s back yard. The “SMART” team can often be seen dangling from high wires risking their lives and working all night to save these animals.

The film closely follows “SMART” team leader Armando Navarrete a compassionate man who refuses to let any animal die in the dark. His journey turns into a fight far beyond the bars at the animal shelters, as in the end he may be trying to rescue himself.

If you are in the Los Angeles area you can see this film at Artemis – The Women In Action Film Festival;

To find out more about the film “SMART” check out their website at “http://brickerdown.com/smart/

Follow them on FB here: “https://www.facebook.com/SMARTDocumen

My sincerest thanks to Justin Zimmerman for this interview.

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