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Everything But Fear

By Alan Ng | September 3, 2021

DANCES WITH FILMS 2021 REVIEW! Francisco Mendez is a famed boxing trainer and founder of Mendez Boxing. The short documentary Everything But Fear, directed by Bryan Twz Brousseau and written by Joe Neal, is his story.

Mendez is an immigrant from Mexico who believed that he had “everything but fear.” His life’s accomplishments reflect that. He started out as a farmworker but quickly fell in love with the sport of boxing. He gave amateur boxing a try, but it did not pay well. After immigrating to the U.S. when he was 20, Mendez worked in several restaurants. In between shifts, he’d go to the gym and train.

Francisco Mendez is a famed boxing trainer and founder of Mendez Boxing.”

Mendez soon scrapped his way to 26th street in Manhattan and founded Mendez Boxing. Located just blocks from Madison Square Garden, his gym was frequented by up-and-coming boxers and established greats like Mike Tyson. He would go on to train pros and amateurs alike, gaining the respect and admiration of all.

Mendez’s story is one of love for his family and the sport of boxing. His dedication to both attracted some of the best trainers to his gym. Everything But Fear interviews those closest to him and loyal boxers, testifying to his work ethic and greatness. It serves as a fitting tribute to the man who recently passed from COVID.

Everything But Fear tells a fantastic story about a man who achieved local stardom by sheer hard work and belief in himself. Unfortunately, the film is quite frankly way too short.

Everything But Fear screened at the 2021 Dances With Films.

Everything But Fear (2021)

Directed: Bryan Twz Brousseau

Written: Joe Neal

Starring: Francisco Mendez, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…tells a fantastic story..."

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