Sponsored by: Village Tavern Grill and Oyster Bar & RCG, LLC
Directed by Dave Carroll
BENDING STEEL explores the life of 43 year-old Chris Schoeck, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional Oldetime Strongman. Alongside his trainer Chris Rider, he meets living legends and heroes within the community and, for the first time ever, gets a taste of acceptance. It’s something that, since Chris’ early childhood, has always felt just out of reach. Suddenly he sees an opportunity to finally stand out, to make a name for himself, to find his place in life.
Through his search for recognition and acceptance among this small yet passionate strength subculture, Chris faces his own fears and insecurities. BENDING STEEL bears witness to a determined man finally coming out of his shell, shedding both physical and social limitations that have held him back his entire life. What unfolds is one man’s inspirational quest to find his place in the world.