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Art&Seek on Think TV: Sweet Science
by Jerome Weeks 12 Apr 2010

Filmmaker Chris Howell spent seven years following Coach Greg Hatleyand several young boxers from Oak Cliff as they fought for a shot at the Olympics. Rather than being a ringside version of ‘Hoop Dreams,’ Howell’s documentary ‘Sweet Science’ is as much about the coach, the heart and soul of the film, as it is a tale of troubled young athletes trying to make it. ‘Sweet Science’ screens tonight at the Dallas International Film Festival.


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Chris Howell is the writer, director and cinematographer of Sweet Science — as well as its prime fundraiser. During the course of his seven years following Coach Greg Hatley and the Oak Cliff Boxing Club, Howell became a certified boxing coach himself — talk about immersing yourself in your work — and found his documentary subjects taking turns he never expected. Including criminal convictions, financial setbacks and even death.

Sweet Science screens at the Dallas International Film Festival Monday and Thursday this week at the Angelika.