Wrestling with Life

For a full three years I slaved away on a little documentary project that can now be seen on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, and a few others I honestly cant remember right now.  But my distributor just sent me this review a magazine did of the film.  They spelled my name wrong....  This is printed in the latest issue of Library Journal.


Director Bolender makes a strong debut as a full-length documentary director with the emotional and inspirational story of Dave Nowick, who wrote and produced the film, honoring his cancer-stricken twin brother, Phil (1970–2010), by taking over Phil’s Mile High Wrestling Club and preparing the young wrestlers for a major national tournament. Bolender focuses on the importance of wrestling in Dave’s and Phil’s lives and how the sport not only strengthened their brotherly bond but also taught them life lessons about respect, character, and willpower that they in turn imparted to their students. Dave is interviewed at length, along with friends, family members, business associates, and, most poignant, several young wrestlers whose lives have been positively impacted by the brothers. The film consists of a well-balanced mix of rousing competition, interview snippets, and home video footage, all tied together by the director’s own minimal but helpful narration. VERDICT A touching family-friendly feel-good story recommended for viewers who believe that there is more to wrestling than just winning.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia