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Legacy has its downsides in writer/director Laura Herring’s short film, These Hands Were Made For Knockn’. Marcus McCannon (Felix Alonzo) is an up-and-coming boxer living under a huge shadow. After losing an important fight, Marcus finds himself dejected, turning to booze and just mere moments away from hanging up his career.

“…Marcus finds himself dejected, turning to booze and just mere moments away from hanging up his career.”

Herring plays These Hands Were Made For Knockn’ like a song. The story’s main throughline follows Marcus in the present, sitting alone in his dark, empty apartment. Flashes of his last fight are interspersed with memories of growing up with this boxer father, Arthur (Joe Walker), and his mother, Alma (Liz Vera). As a boy, Marcus idolized his father and wanted to follow in his footsteps. But, at the same time, Alma suddenly became sick.

Herring finds the love of a family set against the brutal battles fought in the boxing ring and offers a message of hope and inspiration. These Hands Were Made For Knockn’ tells a touching story about getting back up when life keeps knocking you down.

These Hands Were Made For Knockn’ (2021)

Directed and Written: Laura Herring

Starring: Felix Alonzo, Joe Walker, Liz Vera, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…a touching story..."

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