2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22


Wednesday, March 18
9:00PM - 10:26PM

Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd St

T-Rex is an intimate story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold is 17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields. From the streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. As she gets closer to her dream her relationships with her coach and her family get more complicated. But Claressa is determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning gold could be her only chance.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 86min

Director: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Executive Producer: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Producer: Sue Jaye Johnson, Bianca Darville, Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Cinematographer: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper

Editor: Jean Kawahara, Drea Cooper

Music: Matthew Joynt, Nathan Sandberg

Additional Credits: Producer: Gary Kout, Co-Producer: Rebecca Saladoff

Principal Cast: Claressa Shields, Jason Crutchfield


Zack and Drea teamed up to produce the award-winning short doc series California is a place. The films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance in '11 and '12. The duo landed on Filmmaker Magazine's Top 25 New Filmmakers to Watch list. They're also an accomplished commercial directing team.

Sales Agent: UTA // Rena Ronson // RonsonR@unitedtalent.com // 310-786-4810

Public Film Contact
Drea Cooper

Publicity Contact
Tracy Nguyen-Chung



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