Ultra-independent - a one person production start to finish - this movie looks at the passion and dedication of American athletes and coaches in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. The ... See full summary »

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Mike Burgener
Danny Camargo
Kevin Doherty
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Greg Everett
Jim Schmitz
Bob Takano
John Thrush
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Ultra-independent - a one person production start to finish - this movie looks at the passion and dedication of American athletes and coaches in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. The sport is extremely popular internationally, but obscure and struggling in the US, where athletes and coaches must train as amateurs with virtually no support, yet compete professional international counterparts. It's not just the story of a sport, but of the human spirit and the struggles and incredible dedication and hope of a small community of people despite the odds against them. Written by Anonymous

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A Much-Needed Production
3 December 2013 | by (Manhattan, KS) – See all my reviews

When the description labels this production "ultra-independent," many still think of movie with at least some level of a budget. For Greg Everett, owner at Catalyst Athletics, independent is true to its definition. EVERY aspect of the film is handled by Greg and his wife Aimee, which I think underlines the topic of American weightlifting and how our weightlifters train to compete at high levels in hopes of competing at international stages without the same level of support that others in different countries enjoy. In a way, the successful completion of this movie -- in addition to the hurdles that come along with endeavoring on such an ambitious project and maintaining one of the nation's premier, approachable, and accessible weightlifting/strength facilities -- highlights the optimistic message that Greg promotes in the movie: American weightlifting is and will continue to huge strides as we pursue higher goals and greater achievements.

Those that complain of movie quality or some other small nuance really aren't hearing the WORDS that are being said in this documentary. This is not a pretty film, so if you're looking for computer graphics and incredible picture, then look elsewhere. Greg Everett did a terrific thing by highlighting the struggles that weightlifters are willing to endure simply for the love of the sport and because they believe in themselves. When there's no promise of fame or glory, money and sex, one can truly see what it means to actually love a sport (or anything for that matter). Greg's movie does just that, and anyone who has ever loved a sport -- or anything -- will appreciate this movie.


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