A Mini-Doc About a Young Boxer From Hartford Fighting In the Championship of the New England Golden Gloves

New England has long been a proud epicenter of boxing, and for 73 years the ultimate rite of passage for amateur boxers in the region has been the New England Golden Gloves tournament, held in Lowell, Massachusetts. Fighting in the same auditorium that launched the careers of Rocky Marciano, Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, and other champions, is Delvon Trice, a southpaw who trains out of the San Juan Center in Hartford’s North End.

Orbiting around him are local boxing legends Marlon Starling, a former 3x world champion, and former Junior Olympic champion Sammy Vega who has stepped in to help Delvon prepare. The championship fight (lightweight novice division) marks a make or break moment for Delvon, as he is on a four fight win-streak following a late, rocky start in the sport.

Throughout his training, and seemingly in his life, the one constant source of support is his girlfriend, Kim. She climbs into the ring with Delvon during workouts, and follows him into the locker room to help him make weight--with her winter coat as his improvised sweatsuit.

BE1ST is a vivid portrait of a young athlete’s fight to keep his hopes alive, and a look at how his relationship with Kim changes in response to the uncertainty he faces.

  • Premieres on CPTV Spirit Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:19 p.m. following the movie Ali
  • Airs on CPTV Spirit Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:49 p.m. following the movie Ali
  • Encores on CPTV Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:30 p.m.

Created by Revisionist Films
Directed by Pedro Bermudez
Producer: Sammy Vega
Sound Mixer (location): Andrew Pearl
Sound Mix & Music (post): Matt Berky
Music: Steve Reyes