For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President
of Public Relations and Marketing
October 24, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) – Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund will tell the story about their lives as “real fighters” in the boxing industry made famous by the Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter” at Worcester State University Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium.
Ward and Eklund will speak about their life experiences of triumph, loyalty, brotherly love, pain, depression and anxiety, battling drug addiction, and family tribulations in an intimate interview format, moderated by Richard Farrell—writer of “The Fighter” screenplay—and illustrated by video clips. Their story will inspire guests to stand up for what they believe in and never give up on their dreams.
Movie critic, Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, calls the film, “A tough, bare-knuckled, compassionate meditation on every family's rope-a-dope between tribal bonds and self-definition. Both, it turns out, are worth going to the mat for.” On Nov. 2, WSU’s audience will get a glimpse of Ward and Eklund’s real life struggles depicted in the film and how neither man is afraid to show his weaknesses and real feelings about his life as a fighter.
Farrell is an author, filmmaker, teacher, journalist, and adjunct professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His documentary, “High on Crack Street,” which was part of “The Fighter” story, was aired on HBO and received Columbia University’s duPont Award. He is the co-author of A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Mob-IRA Connection.
This event is free for WSU students with a WSU ID and $2 for the general public. It is sponsored by WSU’s Student Events Committee. All proceeds will be donated to the 21st Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless & Children in Need. Proceeds will be given to Sherry’s House, Abby’s House and the Mustard Seed.