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Review (Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer 8/21/18):


Director's Statement:

I have been aspiring to make feature length films since I first began experimenting with super8 cameras in the early 2000s. Hardface is that reality and I am proud to finally share five years of work, made possible with the help of a dedicated team and many generous supporters.
Why boxing? One of my biggest sources of inspiration as a filmmaker has always been documentary programming from networks like HBO and Showtime. I slowly became a big fan of sweet science because of these shows.
There have been some great (and award winning) documentaries surrounding the sport of boxing, and after I met the Falcones and learned about the Northside Boxing Gym, I felt their story was an untold chapter in American boxing history.
I grew up in a baseball town, but I soon realized Cincinnati is also a boxing town. Ezzard Charles, Aaron Pryor, and Tommy Ayers are a few of the homegrown greats. I began to research current local gyms and eventually found myself at the Northside Boxing Gym. The rest well, is Hardface.

Mark Hood
Producer/Director, Hardface


Mark Hood is a producer, director, and editor. His first short documentary, Chin Music, was recognized with awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design at the Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival 2007. The film went on to be recognized with a Director’s Citation from the Black Maria Film Festival and was an official selection of the New York Underground Film Festival 2007.
In 2008 Mark Hood Films was founded as a full-service production studio.  Working out of his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark produced and directed industrial and commercial videos in addition to independent short films. Chung Ching, a short documentary was an official selection of the Devour! Food Film Fest 2013.
Spanning five years of production and completed in 2017, Hardface is Mark’s first feature length film. The documentary was shot on celluloid in the super16 format and explores the legacy of a family-run boxing gym.