Filmmakers: Chris Suchorsky, Oliver Ferraro
AFS Representative: Chris Suchorsky (Co-Director)
Runtime: 86 min
Despite a lifetime of adversity, a blind high school wrestler attempts to win a New Jersey State Championship before the end of his senior year. Anthony Ferraro has always tried to live a normal life. As he entered junior high, Anthony decided to try his luck at wrestling. After a dismal first season, he begged his father to enroll him in a wrestling club. His father obliged and found a coach willing to teach a blind kid to wrestle. The following year, despite his obvious disadvantage, Anthony went 24-1. Three years later, Anthony has set a number of goals for himself; to become the first three-time District Champ in his school’s history, break the school record for most wins, and become the first blind state champion in New Jersey wrestling history. The question is, does he have a shot in the dark? Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.
About The Filmmaker
After graduating from college in 1999, I set out to make my first narrative film. I failed miserably, but turned my disaster into the short documentary “Failure.” The film was universally rejected by every major festival on the planet, but was acquired by IFC for a three-year television deal.
My first feature-length documentary “Golden Days” followed the Brooklyn-based indie rock band The Damnwells as they sign a major record deal only to have their album and career nearly destroyed by the people who signed them. The film premiered at the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival where it won the award for Best Documentary and had its international premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.
In 2013 I was asked to direct the unfinished Albert Maysles documentary about the rock band Fall Out Boy. I turned down the opportunity in favor of directing my second feature-length documentary “A Shot in the Dark.” The film recently premiered at the Hot Spring Documentary Film Festival and won the “Audience Award for Best Feature Film” at the Tacoma Film Festival.
I currently work in New York City as a Director and Movi Operator.