2017 Digital Storytelling Contest, Short Form, 1st prize


In 2012, 17-year-old Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields from Flint, Michigan, USA, became the first woman ever to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing. This short film picks up with Claressa in 2015.

She's still living in Flint and has received no sponsorships or endorsements from her historic victory in the 2012 London Olympics. Now she's faced with a difficult decision: does she continue on with how things are and hope for the best or does she leave behind her family, her gym and everything she knows in pursuit of her career?

Production team

    Directed by Zackary Canepari
    Edited by Carter Gunn
    Produced by Christopher Isenberg and Christopher Gary
    Produced by Drea Cooper and Sue Jaye Johnson
    Cinematography by Sophia Rose, Jessica Dimmock, Sue Jaye Johnson and Mo Scarpelli
    Original Music by Matthew Joynt and Nate Sandberg
    Coloring by Gregg White
    Sound mix by Brian Susko
    Additional interviews by Sue Jaye Johnson
    Additional Editing by Lindsey Phillips

    Co-produced with Great Big Story and Victory Journal