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The Calling (2005)

In 1852, intercollegiate competition began between two novice rowing teams at New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. This race, corporately sponsored by a railroad company, brought together ... See full summary »

Director:

Justin Zimmerman (as Justin Choma Zimmerman)

Writers:

Scott Guldin, Justin Zimmerman (as Justin Choma Zimmerman)
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Geoffrey Redick Geoffrey Redick ... Narrator (voice)
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In 1852, intercollegiate competition began between two novice rowing teams at New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. This race, corporately sponsored by a railroad company, brought together Harvard and Yale for spirited, if quite slow, competition. These rowers would find themselves caught in a fiercer struggle in the Civil War, where over a half of the young men served as officers, and two men died wearing opposing Union and Confederate uniforms. The Calling cross-cuts these historical revelations with the modern sport of crew. Rowing, which began the modern sports industrial complex, is shunned by television, ignored by corporate sponsors and virtually unknown to modern sport fans. Rowing is now the ultimate amateur sport - without recognition, an individual participates because he or she loves the challenge, not the reward. The Calling is a highly visual exploration into our sports, our culture and our history. Written by official website

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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Connecticut, USA See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Won Silver Award for Cinematography - 27th Annual Telly Awards, '06 and Bronze Award for Sports Documentary - 27th Annual Telly Awards, '06 See more »

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Follows One of Five (2002) See more »

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An intriguing film about a topic I would otherwise find boring.
24 January 2006 | by apartment31See all my reviews

If someone was to tell me that I would be enthralled by a half hour documentary on rowing, I would call them crazy. My wife and I found "The Calling" entertaining, educational, thoughtful and easy to watch. For this aspiring filmmaker I found the camera-work, especially in the opening scene and the action rowing shots, to be inspiring. Zimmerman crafted the interviews in such a way that the audience could identify with the various coaches and rowers. You do not have to be a sports fan or a documentary buff to find this film engaging. Now all Zimmerman has to make is a documentary on Philosophy so that I could possibly appreciate a topic I still have no interest or excitement for.


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