Sunday, January 17, 2010

DRTFilms to Release First DVD

DRTFilms will release its highly acclaimed documentary, "Don't Fall Down in the Hood" to DVD on March 25, 2010.

A release party/fund-raiser is planned on that date, to be held on the Temple University campus, which is the location of the Don't Fall Down in the Hood program. Special guests will include D.A. Seth Williams, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey, Archye Leacock, Executive Director of the Don't Fall Down in the Hood program, and DRTFilms Executive Producer/Director Dianne R. Thompson.

Don't Fall Down in the Hood is an urban documentary examining the high rate of gun violence among African American youth.

Dianne R. Thompson was awarded several grants, including a 2008 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, for the production of Don't Fall Down in the Hood.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Ring of [Their] Own

More Girls and Women Are Entering Ranks of Amateur Boxing

By Dagny Salas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 15, 2009

Madison Marshall, boxed into a corner of the ring, was getting hit over
and over again when her trainer, Jennifer Salinas, yelled, "Get back
in the center, get back in the center!"

Breathing hard and with her ponytail bouncing, 14-year-old Maddie and her sparring partner were soon dancing around the ring again, trading punches.

Maddie is one of 36 competitors in all-female amateur boxing matches Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. District-based promoter Wanda Bruce, who organized the fights, said the event is an opportunity for young female boxers to gain ring experience for higher levels of competition.

Until this week, when the International Olympic Committee decided to
include the sport in the 2012 games in London, boxing had been the only Summer Olympics sport without female representation.

Bruce is the only promoter organizing all-female fights in the Washington area, said Luke Runion, the athletes' representative for the Potomac Valley Association, a USA Boxing committee. Competitions typically feature nine or 10 bouts, but Bruce is offering 18 to accommodate demand.

"More all-women's shows are cropping up around country," Runion
said. The rise in women's amateur boxing can be credited to the increasingly mainstream appeal of the sport, said Christy Halbert, a longtime boxing coach and head of the Women's Task Force for USA Boxing. She said that about 100,000 women in the United States participate in some form of boxing, whether at a gym or competitive levels. When women began to compete in boxing in the United States in 1993, Halbert said, they were barred from training in gyms, and male coaches refused to train them.

"It's hard for girls to find other girls in their skill set," said Julie Goldsticker, a spokeswoman for USA Boxing. "The more opportunities you have in tournaments, the more likely you are to stay interested in the sport."

Kieona Barnes, 22, will also make her debut at Rosecroft on Saturday.
She is a night security officer and trains early in the morning after
her shift. She said she began boxing five years ago to relieve stress,
and she has noticed another benefit.

"When I have a bad day and I see young girls not hanging out on
streets, and we're all in the gym together doing something positive,"
Barnes said, "it makes me smile."

Monday, January 4, 2010

DRTFilms Goes "Outside The Box"

DRTFilms is developing “Outside the Box”, a weekly reality web-series featuring amateur female boxers, with dreams of Olympic Gold.

The series is being developed in response to the historic inclusion of women's boxing in the 2012 Olympic Games. The first season will be shot primarily in Philadelphia, a city with a rich boxing history and the home of some of the sports’ greatest champions.

This is the first of several web-series in development by DRTFilms. Episodes will feature guests appearances from celebrity boxers who will be announced in the coming weeks. The series will debut on the web starting in the fall of 2010.

Casting is currently under way. Goto for more information.

Friday, January 1, 2010

DRTFilms receives Telly Award

DRTFilms recently received a Bronze Telly Award

for the production of "IDAAY:I Believe" a fund development video produced for Institute for the Development of African American Youth. IDAAY, Inc. is a Philadelphia based program that works with inner-city youth and families to provide educational enrichment, parenting skills and violence intervention.

Visit for more information about IDAAY, Inc.