LOS ANGELES – Two-time Grammy Award® winner, actor, and producer Common attended the LA premiere of “THEY FIGHT” from FOX Sports Films’ Magnify series at NeueHouse Hollywood, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Joining Common for the star-studded affair were Michael Finley, Cynthia Bailey, Theo James, DJ Taco, Mike Hill, Majid Jordan, Kid Ink, Odie and the film’s director Andrew Renzi.
FOX Sports’ Hill hosted a post-screening panel discussion with the film’s stars Lamar “Twin” Odoms, Quincey Williams, Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee, coach Sterling “Scoop” Thornton, LVRN co-founder Justice Baiden and director Andrew Renzi.
Set in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 neighborhood, “They Fight” follows young boxers “Peanut,” “Twin” and Quincey’s journeys as part of the Lyfe Style Boxing training program. Coach Walt Manigan mentors them on the path to the 2017 Junior Olympics, while also fighting to find a permanent home for the gym. As Coach Walt looks to help young athletes avoid trouble, he fights his own personal demons. The documentary features original music from multiplatinum artist 6lack, Odie, Octavian, Boogie, and more, reflecting the films’ themes and characters’ journeys.
The film is produced by Emmy® Award, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and two-time Grammy Award® winner Common and his company Freedom Road Productions, alongside Argent Pictures partners Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Derrick Brooks and Finley.
“They Fight” premieres adjacent to Sunday’s regional NFL broadcasts airing in-market at 1:00 PM ET and 4:05 PM ET. Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch the documentary at 4:30 PM ET; viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET can watch the documentary at 3:00 PM ET.
“THEY FIGHT” Movie Trailer YouTube: https://bit.ly/2DtZC90
Downloadable Movie Trailer: https://bit.ly/2PKAQY1
Event Photos: https://bit.ly/2yX4wHI (Credit: FOX Sports)
Common soundbites: https://bit.ly/2JMueD3
Open – Common Introduces “They Fight” to the crowd at NeueHouse Hollywood: “It’s a beautiful thing to tell a story about young black men who are being mentored by black men and have it just be a story about humanity…”
1:46-2:40: Common on red carpet: “I don’t think I knew how much joy it would bring me [to produce]…. It’s fun to be able to step back and support other artists…you see people coming from DC, coming from different parts of the world and the U.S…
2:50 – Common talks about FOX Sports Films’ Magnify series and bringing people together…. Showcasing different areas across the country/world that are naturally overlooked…gives people a better look at their humanity
4:50 – B-Roll – Common and the stars of the documentary
- 4:51 – Inside the venue before the premiere
- 5:04 – On the red carpet