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Review (Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer 8/21/18):
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
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.
HARDFACE WAS SHOT ON KODAK FILM:
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.