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Something New For Boxing Enthusiasts

09/20/14

For those boxing fans that are looking for something new, different and fresh; I suggest visiting the new boxing exhibit on display at Brooklyn College Library, 2900 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y.; Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive.

Who was Hank Kaplan? Hank Kaplan (1919-2007), was a curator and collector of boxing memorabilia; as well as a promoter, writer and editor of boxing books, and public relation consultant, as well as founder of Wide World Boxing Digest, writer for Boxing World and Sports Illustrated. Also, a boxing consultant for ESPN,HBO, and Showtime.

While doing all the aforementioned, he amassed a boxing collection considered the largest collection in the world. He owned every copy of The Ring magazine. Kaplan was called “ Lord of Ring “. He kept record of every boxer and trainer in history. Half a million photographs, articles and books on professional boxers and trainers since 1800. Hank knew every champ and every champ knew him.

Has enough been said? There is more!! As a ranking boxing authority Hank became know by the moniker “ Sweet Scientist” in the boxing community. He was elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame (1999) commission. Was honored with the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious service, from the Boxing Hall of Fame (2006).

Thanks Hank, you were a real boxing historian.

Upon his death, his family donated his boxing archives to Brooklyn College Library, FREE, as per his request. Kaplan died December 14, 2007, after a battle with cancer.

Boxing enthusiasts will be delighted with interest upon visiting the exhibit at Brooklyn College Campus Library.

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Honoring Those Who Slug it out on the Silver Screen

John Garfield Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented by Actor’s Daughter

“My dad as Charley Davis is still remembered as one of the most honest portrayals of a boxer, he wore his heart and his integrity on his glove in that one… ”

-Julie Garfield (Daughter of John Garfield)

Second Annual Shadow Box Film Festival to be hosted by the School of Visual Arts on December 6 and 7

November 18—NY, NY–Since the very early days of motion pictures, boxing has always made for great drama. For decades, the movie industry has created legendary characters inspired by those who lace up the gloves and step into the ring. No boxer on film is more revered as the archetype of the on-screen-fighters that followed than John Garfield in “Body and Soul” (1948).

The Shadow Box Film Festival will pay special tribute to the Oscar-nominated acting legend John Garfield with screenings of his two classic boxing films - the 1939-classic "They Made Me a Criminal” (December 6th) and the 1948 Oscar-winning "Body and Soul” (Saturday). The Saturday night screening will be hosted by the actor’s daughter, Julie Garfield.

On both the 6th and the 7th, actors who have helped to elevate the fighter on film will be honored with an award in Garfield’s name. Burt Young (“Rocky”) will receive the award on the 6th and Holt McCallany (“Lights Out”) will have his award presented by Ms. Garfield on the 7th. An additional “Garfield” award will be presented to SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes on the evening of the 6th. Mr. Rhodes is receiving the honor in recognition of his unwaveringsupport for the Shadow Box Film Festival and the students at SVA in their pursuit of artistic excellence.

“Last year's festival was an incredible success," said Festival Director David Schuster. “We are now building on that with another fine slate of boxing films, as well as some classic John Garfield titles hosted by his daughter Julie Garfield. We are very thankful that the School of Visual Arts has again agreed to host the event in their state-of-the-art theatre. The Festival wouldn’t be back for a second year without Anthony Rhodes.”

"John Garfield was a ground-breaking stage and film actor whose personal courage and social conscious made him a role-model for generations of actors. The original anti-hero in films and a true American hero in life he remains one of cinema's most beloved figures. It's a tremendous honor to receive an award named for the legend John Garfield." - Holt McCallany

"I'm honored just to be on the same program as one of the greatest boxing films of all time. Body and Soul shows you why Garfield was a legend in his own right." - Anthony P. Rhodes

The festival will take place over two days – Dec. 6 - Dec. 7 – at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. The other fight related films getting their New York City premiere include:

"The Gentleman Prizefighter," a documentary about James J. Corbett, directed by Andrew Gallimore, narrated by Liam Neeson

"Fight Like a Girl," produced by the Emmy-nominated TchavdarGeorgiev, featuring, Jill Morley

"Boogaloo," a work-in-progress documentary about Philly middleweight Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, written and directed by Liam Mulvey

"Omerta," directed by Craig Tubiolo, starring PaulieMalignaggi

"Broken," written and directed by David Wendelman

"Return," an animated short created and directed by YahyaGhobadi

The festival will showcase 24 boxing films, including 11 features. The films for this festival were shot or produced in six countries -- Ireland, England, Canada, United States, The Netherlands and Iran. (The two-year total of countries in which films were produced or submitted is now 11 -- Cuba, Thailand, Gemany, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, Canada, United States, The Netherlands and Iran.)

For tickets: Online: http://shadowboxfilmfest2013.brownpapertickets.com/

Or call: 1-800-838-3006

WHAT: 2nd Annual Shadow Box Film Festival

WHERE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (8th and 9th Avenues)

WHEN: Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013

WEB: www.boxingfilmfest.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/ShadowBoxFilmFestival

TWITTER: @boxingfestival

About the John Garfield Lifetime Achievement Award Winners-

Burt Young is an Academy Award-nominated actor best known for playing Paulie in the "Rocky" series. Young is no stranger to boxing, having sparred many rounds with former top contender Bobby Cassidy. Young also managed the career of light heavyweight contender David Sears. Young has long been one of the most recognizable actors in the business and among his many credits include, "Once Upon A Time In America," "The Gambler," "The Pope of Greenwich Village," "Chinatown," and "The Sopranos."

Holt McCallany is a tremendous supporter of the Sweet Science. He's played two important roles in the boxing genre, starring as heavyweight champion Patrick "Lights" Leary in the critically-acclaimed FX series, "Lights Out." He also played Hall-of-Fame trainer Teddy Atlas in the HBO film, "Tyson." Among his many other acting credits, include films such as "Fight Club," "Three Kings," and "Gangster Squad."

Anthony P. Rhodes has been executive vice president at the School of Visual Arts since 1992. A leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades, SVA has more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries. Rhodes is a member of the College’s Board of Directors, chairman of The Alumni Society and creative director of the Visual Arts Press, SVA’s award-winning in-house design studio. Rhodes has served on the Art Directors Club Board of Directors and co-chaired its prestigious Hall of Fame Committee.

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