From the Episode: Daddy Dearest

First Match

| March 10, 2014

Columbia University / 2012 / 14 minutes / English / Color

“If you bust your teeth tomorrow, I don’t wanna hear it.”

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Winners never quit. The chant is a mantra for the high school wrestling team, probably no more so than for 14 year old Monique, a.k.a. Mo. Being the only girl in the recently gender integrated team, her divided world is a challenge even off the mat, as she is unable to breach a connection with other girls and is taunted by the boys. Add to this her single father, a working class ex-wrestler who takes a supportive, but cautionary, stance to his daughter’s involvement in the sport. But even amidst the headlocks and grip holds, there are things that even Mo couldn’t predict and emotions still left to wrestle.

Written and directed by Olivia Newman. Principal cast: Nyasa Bakker, Anslem Richardson and Zach Lombardo.

First Match

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer