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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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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Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Unrated
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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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What you never knew
8 December 2005 | by tdnst4See all my reviews

In this movie, Zimmerman visits the origins of the NCAA, with the first sponsored intercollegiate sporting event, a rowing competition between Yale and Harvard. His hands-off documentary style lets his touch be seen as a director and creator of scenes rather than as the interlocutor or interviewer of the films' content. Redick as the narrator is excellent, well paced and easy to listen to. The film continues and ties the sport's origins to the modern competitions and athletes. He examines both how the sport has changed, as well as what it truly means to be an athlete at the college level who does not make it onto ESPN. Lacking the sponsorships and audience, but with at least as much physical training and power required, it is a labor of love, or in fact a Calling to a dedicated purpose. Learning both factual history and insight into the drive and emotions of the modern athlete is well balanced in this polished film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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