An MMA horror film centered on the dangers of cutting weight? ‘Spirit’ set to begin production
Hardcore MMA fans know a fighter’s toughest battle often takes place well before they ever enter the cage. Now a pair of enterprising filmmakers want to bring that fact front and center in a very unique way.
Cole Winokur and Nicolas M. Sato are set to begin production later this year on a “sports horror film” entitled “Spirit,” which they say “highlights the extreme danger of weight cutting through a sports horror format.”
“Through this film, we hope to raise awareness of this critical issue in support of those that deserve it most – the fighters,” Winokur stated.
The pair hopes to crowdsource funding for the project through a Kickstarter campaign planned for an April launch. Production would then begin in June.
Here’s how the filmmakers describe the project.
The story follows Pablo, a mixed martial artist, as he wages an internal battle between self-doubt and determination. Unlike most fight films, Spirit focuses on the fight outside the cage, unveiling a lesser known aspect of the sport – the extreme dangers of cutting weight.
To be competitive, MMA fighters often must cut ten to fifteen pounds in the 24 hours before the official weigh-in. This severe and rapid weight loss is achieved through extreme dehydration, pushing one’s mind and body to dangerous limits. Fighters often cite that they feel on the verge of death during this process. Only those with unbreakable will and determination succeed.
“Spirit” takes the audience inside this harrowing experience and asks the question, “Where do we find the strength to persevere?”
Check out a teaser trailer for “Spirit” in the video above.
For more information on the project, including interviews with UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, check out Spirit-film.com.
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