The Cage Fighter

Friday, February 2 - Thursday, February 8, 2018

When life hits him hard, Joe Carman punches back. Newly 40, Joe juggles long hours working in a boiler room, an ongoing custody battle, his wife’s chronic illness, and the demands of raising four girls. The one place he finds release is in the ring, competing in the bruising sport of mixed martial arts. Despite his promise to his family to stop, Joe continues to train secretly, determined to prove that he can keep up with the new crop of younger competitors. But as he contends with increasingly worrying health scares, the question arises: how much is Joe willing to risk — his family, his marriage, maybe even his life — to keep fighting?

Official Selection: San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival & AFI Docs

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 81 minutes
  • Director Jeff Unay
  • Writer David Teague
  • Editor David Teague
  • Cinematographer Jeff Unay
  • Cast Joe Carman, Vernon Beach