The Punch looks at one of Chicago’s more troubled South Side neighborhoods from the point of view of two young boxers and their families.
Kenny Jr. and Destyne Jr. started out as the most talented teenage boxers in Chicago, but over time their paths diverged. Now, as one signs with a major promoter, begins winning his first professional bouts and moves his family out of Englewood, the other has been convicted of a felony and is entering a four-month prison boot camp program before he is paroled and can begin training to compete in the 2016 Olympic games. The Punch explores the many similarities and differences in the lives of these two young men, whose fortunes have gone in such radically different directions over the past five years.
About the Filmmakers
Andre Hörmann is a Berlin-based documentary filmmaker and graduate of the University for Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF Konrad Wolf). He received prestigious artist scholarships from German cultural institutions such as Goethe-Institut, Villa Aurora and DAAD. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is completing his PhD in Media Science and teaches film at various universities. In 2006 Andre directed the documentary short film Calcutta Calling which screened among other festivals at 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 was director of Loden, the Little Monk,. His latest documentaries, Bhavini – I Only Want to Dance!, Sharuk – On the Road to Happiness, Andrew with Great Fanfare and Crowley – Every Cowboy needs his horse were screened and won awards at DOK Leipzig and several North American Festivals like Toronto International Film Festival Kids (TIFF), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), Aspen Shortfest, New Orleans Filmfestival and broadcast on ZDF, RBB, Arte and Kika. Andre is currently in production on the documentary feature film The Punch and participant at the UCLA Screenwriting Professionals Program.
After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Film Studies and Spanish & Latin American Studies, Ingmar did a MA course in Documentary Directing at Goldsmiths College in London in 2002. Since 2003, he has been directing and producing documentaries. Between 2007 and 2010 he ran his own café & restaurant in Cologne. After completing his gastronomical adventure he founded SUTOR KOLONKO Film Production together with Sebastian Lemke in May 2010. Ingmar lives in Cologne.
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and Audience Awards at several festivals and has just been released by The Orchard. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was released by IFC Films. She is executive producer of 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was theatrically released by First Run Features, and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which was released by The Orchard. She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which was released in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda. She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio. Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better This World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry.