Everybody has a plan, until he get’s punched in the face.
LET THE BELL RING follows Malcolm’s journey to the Golden Gloves Championships, the most important amateur tournament in the United States.
Malcolm is the future star of the Jackrabbit gym, a local boxing gym in the heart of Long Beach. As a 12 year old, he saw Mike Tyson fighting on TV. Since then, all he ever wanted was to be a world champion. And just like his role model he is now expected to win this noble Tournament. His ticket to the world of pro-boxing.
We dive into Malcolm`s cosmos of sweat and love for boxing, the promise that you can make it if you want to. But when he almost loses his first fight, his dreams are suddenly questioned - and not only his. Malcolm’s coach JESSIE, who is still mourning his own shattered boxing career, fears to fail a second time. They intensify the training drastically, almost heading towards a path of self-destruction. It becomes clear that talent, passion and even hard work sometimes are not enough to succeed.
In LET THE BELL RING the classical story of a boxer’s dream becomes a generation’s tale about first and last hopes, set against the backdrop of Los Angeles. It´s about lonely roads that cross each other, creating something out of nothing.
Christin Freitag was born in 1984 in Germany at the Baltic Sea. While still in school she began working as a freelance editorial journalist for a local newspaper, publishing reportages in the field culture and people. After moving to Berlin, she started working as an assistant director. In 2009 she began studying film directing at dffb, the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, where her first documentary “Festivities” won the German Short Film Award in 2012. „Let The Bell Ring“ is her debut. It was nominated for the First Steps Awards 2018, the most important German Newcomer Award.
2018 Let The Bell Ring (feature documentary)
2013 Beat Beat Beat (tv-fiction, short)
2013 Inner City Arts (short documentary)
2012 Festivities (short documentary`)
2012 Tourist (short fiction)
2009 Easy (short fiction)
Malcolm McAllister, Jessie White, Ashton Sylve,
Sincere Brooks, Adolph Pruitt
Special Appearance Lamon Brewster
written & directed by
Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Ansgar Frerich
Anne Jünemann (BFS)
Martina Knapheide, Martin Cichy, Andreas Louis
Production Manager Germany
Sonja Heitmann, Lissi Muschol
Production Manager Los Angeles
Production Coordinator Los Angeles
BASIS BERLIN Postproduktion
Sebastian Alten, Frauke Ahlers
with the support of
Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
with the support of Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) German Federal Film Board
Countries of Production