HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: September 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

September 2021 Showcased the winner of BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY from the WILDsound Festival.

BECOMING WACKY CHAD, 78 minutes, Comedy Documentary
Directed by Isaac Deitz

A teenager sets out to make a living doing stunts and making people laugh.

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Director Biography – Isaac Deitz

In 1998 Isaac Bought his first camera at the age of 10 and has been hooked ever since. Since then he’s directed a web series, nationally televised documentaries and music videos for Grammy winning artists.Director Statement

When I was growing as a filmmaker, my brother Chadd began to take an interest in pogo sticking and I started filming his progression from the beginning back in 2004. This documentary has been a product of love for my brother and the desire to show the world what goes on in the every day life of a successful street performer and stunt comedian.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: August 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

Showcase of the best DANCE SHORT FILMS in the world today.

Best Short Film: BOATHOUSE ROW
Best Cinematography: ATTILA

Theme of night: Life

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

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festival posterBOATHOUSE ROW, 17min., USA, Documentary

festival posterATTILA, 30min, USA, Documentary

festival posterSEBASTIAN AND MAX’S GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE, 16min., USA, Documentary

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Max King (Sebastian and Max’s Grand Canyon Adventure)

Max King is a legendary American ultramarathon runner, mountain adventurer, and one of the most versatile distance runners of all time winning races on nearly every continent. He has had success on the road, track, cross-country, trail running, mountain running, and obstacle racing. In 2011 Max won the World Mountain Running Championships, and in 2014 at the IAU 100 kilometer World Championships in Doha, Qatar he won and set a new 100k world record. In 2014 and 2015 Max won the Warrior Dash World Championships. Max also runs youth and adult trail running camps that bear his name. He lives with his family in Bend, Oregon

Short Film: ATTILA, 30min, USA, Documentary

Attila Domos is paraplegic athlete, musician, and unofficial world record holder.  In 1993, he had a falling accident and became a T11/T12 paraplegic, losing his ability to walk. He was determined to prevent his injury from redefining his life. He started taking steps to continue his dream of being an athlete at first through power lifting, and now through endurance hand cycling. In August of 2016, he broke the 24-hour Hand cycling World Record by riding 407.7 miles in 24 hours. However, it happened at his local track in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, without any official representation. As a result, his record is unofficial. The next step in his journey was to make an official attempt at the 24-hour record. Our documentary outlines his attempt and desire to break this world record.

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Director Biography – Dave Majcher, Stefano Ceccarelli (ATTILA)

Dave is the Co-Director and Sound Mixer for this project. From a young age Dave wanted to do something in the film industry. He was fascinated by movies like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Predator. Sticking to his dream, Dave studied film at La Roche College and Pittsburgh Filmmakers learning all facets of film. Simultaneously, he worked as an intern for the Pittsburgh production company, Phenomenon Post. From there, Dave studied sound and worked as Sound Mixer and Grip on many indie and Cable sets. His goal is to become a member of the IASTE 489 film union and become a full time Boom Operator.

Director Statement

Stefano is also the Co-Director, Director of Photography and Camera Operator for this feature-length film, he has also worked on many film projects around the Pittsburgh area. Stefano is fluent in both in both filmmaking languages—Film and Digital. He has also traveled abroad to Honduras for a documentary in its state’s healthcare system, and worked as second assistant camera on The Mutineer.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: July 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

June 2021 Showcased the winner of BEST SPORTS FEATURE DOCUMENTARY.

1ST YEAR CHECKING, 80min., USA, Sport Documentary
Directed by Michael Messner

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1st Year Checking documents the life of my son Grayson, a 12 year old hockey player as he goes into the dangerous and unknown world of check hockey.
After coaching a team in their first year of check hockey, I was fascinated how a game that kids love with their entire hearts changes over night to a game where there is fear, violence and severe injuries. As the coach, it was my job to turn 12 year old’s into men.

Director Biography – Michael Messner

Michael Messner has been directing and producing for over 25 years. He is a partner at the Pittsburgh based, Awesome Films. He has won regional Emmys including Best Director in the Mid-Atlantic, Sunshine, and New York chapters for his collegiate sports television shows.
He and his partner Barry Reese were Executive Producers on Alex Gibney’s film, The Last Gladiators.
Michael played hockey at Penn State and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: June 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

Best Feature Film: ONE STEP AT A TIME

Theme of night: Connecting in a unique way

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

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festival posterMOVING MEDITATION, 9min., USA, Sports Documentary

festival posterONE STEP AT A TIME, 50min,. Canada,, Documentary/Sports

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo