Bending Steel examines the mental and physical battle of inspiring old-world strongman Chris Shoeck. Facing a lifetime of addiction and suffering, Shoeck channels this pain into the extraordinary feat of bending steel. In pursuit of a forgotten world, Schoeck lifts himself out of isolation and into the supportive community of performers who push the limits of strength. Exploring the interplay of mind and body, Shoeck's story provides an uplifting story for mental health, addiction and substance abuse organizations. The film is also recommended for University courses specializing in fitness and nutrition.
- "The sight of this very strong man tackling a moment of complete vulnerability gives Bending Steel the hold-your-breath drama of a fine sports film."
- "The film does a great job of showing the long tradition of the very tight community that’s formed amongst the other strongmen."
- "You’re not likely to see a more inspiring documentary this year than “Bending Steel,” the story of one Chris Schoeck, an unassuming New York gentleman with one secret passion"
Awards & Recognition
Camden Int'l. Film Festival
Fargo Film Festival
Key West Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival