by Andre Hörmann
RINGSIDE looks at the dangerous, volatile world of Chicago’s South Side from the perspective of two remarkably gifted young boxers and the fathers who train them; as one begins a rising career in the ring, the other serves an eight-year-prison sentence for criminal trespass and burglary.
A Sutor Kolonko and Motto Pictures Production in association with Blue Ice Docs and Mitten Media
In Co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Supported By Film-Und Medienstiftung NRW
Directed by André Hörmann
Produced by Ingmar Trost, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements
Edited by Vincent Assmann
Cinematography by Tom Bergmann
Executive Producers: Ken Pelletier, Mark Mitten, Carolyn Hepburn
Co-executive Producers: Neil Tabatznik, Robin Smith
Original Music by Amanda Jones
DIRECTOR - ANDRÉ HÖRMANN
Andre Hörmann is a LA-based documentary filmmaker who has received prestigious artist scholarships from German cultural institutions such as Goethe-Institut, Villa Aurora and DAAD and received five Awards of Exceptional Cultural Value of German FBW. Andre recently completed his first documentary feature film Ringside, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. In 2006, Andre directed the
documentary short film Calcutta Calling which screened at many film festivals including IDFA, Silverdocs and the Chicago Documentary Festival. In 2010, he directed and produced the short film Father’s Prayer which screened at DOK Leipzig and Visions du Réel. He has directed several acclaimed shorts including: Loden, The Little Monk, Ari and the Day of the Dead, Tsering on Top of the World, Seanna - Alone in Hollywood, and Sharukh- On the Road to Happiness, which screened at DOK Leipzig, Toronto International Film Festival Kids (TIFFKids), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), Aspen Shorts and was broadcast on ZDF and ARTE. Bhavini I Only Want to Dance, Ari and the Day of the Dead and Andrew with Great Fanfare won awards at CICFF and Andrew screened at DOK Leipzig, Aspen Shorts, TIFFKids, BAMKids New York, and was broadcast on ARTE and RBB. In 201, his latest documentary Crowley - Every Cowboy Needs His Horse screened at festivals including DOK Leipzig, IDFA, CICFF, was nominated for the prestigious German Children's Film Award and the European Children’s Film Award and was broadcast on
ZDF. The follow up Crowley – Cowboy Up premiered at DOK Leipzig and IDFA. Recently, Obon, won the Best Animated Film Award at Krakow Film Festival, the „Große Klappe“ Award DOXS-Duisburg, Grand Prix Award Cinanima the Cinanima and has screened at festivals including Sundance, DOC NYC, Docaviv, Palm Springs Shortfest, Melbourne and Hiroshima. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is completing his PhD in Media Science, recently graduated from the UCLA Professionals Program in Screenwriting and teaches film at several universities.
BERLINALE 2019〡CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - SILVER HUGO AWARD〡SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019〡FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2019
“Like many great boxing movies, Rocky included, what happens in the ring in Ringside is the culmination of all the battles won and lost outside of it.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Powerful... a tough, moving story of ambition and determination."
- Adrian Horton, The Guardian