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Brian Culkin and, "24 to Heaven"

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24 to Heaven is a feature documentary currently in production written and directed by Brian Culkin that examines post industrial America, the social and spiritual theatre of boxing, and the Attardo family of Boston, MA.

"The interior life is essential to the boxer. Sociologist Loic Waquant referred to the 'erasure of any distinction between the physical and spiritual' through its practice. Manifesting through the intensity of corporeal and mental training, the solitude of roadwork, and surrendering to the biological processes of instinct and flow, the pugilist merges his mind-body complex into an instrument of kinetic force. Known for their ascetic rituals, the champion boxer must 'let go of the world' through diet, a moderated training regimen, and above all, mental and physical clarity.  However, the lifestyle of the boxer, infused with spiritual like rituals that required a certain level of social and cultural stability, became nearly impossible to maintain in the chaotic social infrastructure of South Boston throughout the 1970's and 1980's; the same period of the Attardo brothers rise. "

 

 

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