Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More from filmmaker Brad Bores about 'When The Bell Rings'

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Even on Cary's Comics Craze blog, it's not prudent to put everything in one post.
Brad Bores fields questions.

That's the case with some gems I couldn't find space for in my coverage of Brad Bores' award-winning — and needless to say, inspiring and moving — documentary, "When The Bell Rings."

One of those gems was a comment made by David Taylor, the executive director for the Sandusky State Theatre; he told the audience Saturday he was taken with one of the comments made by a boxer — "pitty-patting around" — a seeming obvious reference to quit screwing around in the ring. Taylor said he'd found a new catch phrase.

"I'm going to start every staff meeting that way — Why do you pitty-pat around?" Taylor said.

Bores, of Bellevue, took questions from the audience Saturday after the film screened at the Sandusky State Theatre. Without further ado, here are a few unrelated comments that Bores, a 2000 Monroeville High School graduate, made and I felt need to be posted:

• During the Q-and-A session, one man asked about how retired boxer Dino "The Lethal Warrior" Wells is doing in being a father to his youngest son.

"I was just texting with him the other night," Bores said. "He's still in his life."
As retired boxer Dino Wells (left) says
on his Facebook page about his son, Desmond Osborne:
"Father and son with more red carpets to come."
(Photo courtesy of Dino Wells)

• The filmmaker went on to say Wells is happy being retired from boxing.

"He got his fight. He's pretty content," Bores said, referring the fight that is the climax of "When The Bell Rings."

"He got his pro fight. He went out and did what he had to do," Bores added.

• Bores was asked what it was like being a white man in the midst of the largely black culture/community at the gym where Wells trained.

"I was just one of the guys at the gym. … Some days I didn't even bring a camera," Bores said.

While the filmmaker said he sometimes would hang out and even did some workouts there, he never got in the ring.

"I'd have gotten my ass kicked," he said.

• Finally, Bores put the theme of "When The Bell Rings" in a nutshell: "It's about fathers and sons; it's about mid-life crises."

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