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Dr. Bill Welker Reviews PINNED By Patrick Norman on 05/17/2013

We just wanted to share a terrific review from Dr. Bill Welker, 2008 Master of Wrestling and author of "The Wrestling Drill Book." Here it is in its entirety:“AN AUTHENTIC ATHLETIC SAGA OF WRESTLERS, COACHES, AND PARENTS”     Pinned is a film that gives viewers an in-depth look at the mindset of America’s athletic subculture: scholastic “folk-style” wrestling.  It focuses on the dedicated work-ethic and lifestyle of two young wrestlers – Matt and Lance, and their quest to achieve the goal of winning a state wrestling championship.     During the course of a grueling wrestling season, we witness the many physical and emotional ordeals that each wrestler must confront.  Their struggles in the practice room and during the rigors of competition are nonpareil, while also possessing the self-discipline of “controlling their weight” for each and every meet.  Basketball and football players could never begin to understand the legion of sacrifices that wrestlers have to endure.      The documentary vividly demonstrates that wrestling involves the entire family.  Mothers lament over their sons “losing weight.”  Fathers push their sons to strive for athletic perfection; sometimes losing perspective.  And one aspect is definitely displayed throughout the film; wrestling is a very “personal” family affair.  Whether...

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PINNED on Takedown Wrestling By Patrick Norman on 04/16/2013

Recently Mike caught up with Takedown Wrestling while at the NCAA tournament, and gave a great interview & glimpse into the film. The interview starts at around 22:00. Click here to check it out!

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pinned at the clash! By Patrick Norman on 12/28/2011

Our PINNED Tournament Tour continues this weekend as Mike heads to the Clash National High School Wrestling Duals in Rochester, MN. Stop by our booth if you're at the tournament! You can meet Mike & pick up your very own copy of 'PINNED'--as well as the documentary Takedowns & Falls--at special tournament prices.

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Check us out at the Walsh Ironman By Patrick Norman on 12/04/2011

Come check us out at the Walsh Ironman tournament this coming FRI & SAT! There's going to be GREAT wrestling from top teams all over the nation, plus a chance to catch up with Mike & grab your very own copy of 'Pinned' for the holidays!

For those who've seen the film, you may recall this tournament was covered by Brian Brakeman, Jeff Cole, and Channel 9, and where we first showcase Lance's brutal power half.

For tournament info & directions, click here. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Pinned Theme - Free Download! By Patrick Norman on 06/19/2011

We've had a lot of requests and inquiries for the "Pinned" soundtrack lately, and while we're compiling all the links to make the music available, we wanted to thank everyone for their support by giving away a free song! One of the most requested tracks is the Pinned Theme, an original recording made for us by the awesome Cleveland hardcore band At No End. We used a few of their songs in the film, and the Pinned Theme they made for us is the very first track heard in the film during the opening credits. If there's any music that will make you train harder and get fired up for that all-important match, it's got to be theirs. Enjoy!

Download the free song here.

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lance palmer victorious in mma debut By Patrick Norman on 05/21/2011

Big congrats to Lance "The Party" Palmer, who just won his debut MMA bout! Palmer beat Emilio Gonzales this weekend with a rear naked choke. Great stuff, and certainly no surprise to us. Video of the fight here.

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pinned wins two telly awards! By Patrick Norman on 05/10/2011

‎"Pinned" just won TWO Telly Awards! We brought home trophies for the sports film category as well as editing. About the award: Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 11,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.


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vinnie curiale named coach of the year By Patrick Norman on 04/09/2011

Big congrats to Lakewood Rangers Head Coach & subject of 'PINNED' Vinnie Curiale, who was just named Wrestling Coach of the Year in Northeast Ohio! Vinnie, who's coached wrestling at Lakewood for 12 years, recently took 3 wrestlers to the Ohio State Tournament- the most Lakewood's taken in 50 years. Click here to read more, or watch 'PINNED' to see the man in action!

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Get PINNED at the ASICS U.S. Open By Patrick Norman on 04/08/2011

The PINNED Road Tour 2011 continues this month with an appearance at the ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships in Cleveland. Mike will be at the tournament this weekend from Friday to Sunday. This is a great chance see some intense wrestling, share your thoughts on the film with Mike, and get your copy of the Special Edition DVD!

Info & map for the tournament available here.

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Nice write-up in the Scene By Patrick Norman on 04/02/2011

Just wanted to share this nice little write-up we got in Cleveland Scene Magazine on our recent DVD release screening. Thanks again to all who came out & supported both our film and youth wrestling in Cleveland!

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Coach Bobby Douglas Shares His Thoughts on Pinned By Patrick Norman on 03/31/2011

While Mike & I were at the NCAA DI National Championships in Philly we had a chance to catch up with U.S. Olympic Coach and Hall of Fame wrestler Bobby Douglas. Coach Douglas had a chance to see our film and was kind enough to share his thoughts on it. Check out the video here!

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New Pics from NCAA DI National Championships By Patrick Norman on 03/25/2011

Just added some new pics from our time in Philadelphia at the NCAA DI National Championships. Mike and I had a great time meeting & sharing our film with several Hall of Fame coaches, Olympians, and nationally ranked wrestlers. We're fired up to keep meeting all of you as the 'Pinned' road tour continues! Details soon on where we're headed after this weekend's Lakewood Spring Open.

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Pinned at the Lakewood Spring Open By Patrick Norman on 03/24/2011

Just wanted to let everyone know that 'Pinned' will be available this Saturday, March 26 at the Lakewood Spring Open!

Approximately 300 wrestlers are expected to attend the tournament. There is a Rookie Division for 1st and 2nd year wrestlers, a highly-competitive open youth division for more experienced wrestlers, and also divisions for 13-14,15-19, and even for Masters Wrestlers (graduates).  Top three finishers in the Open Youth Division receive deluxe trophies.

Come on out & meet us, plus catch some great wrestling! Can't make the tournament? You can still get your copy of the film here!

The tournament will be held at Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd, Lakewood, Ohio. Entry form & more info here.

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DVD Release Party & Screening By Patrick Norman on 03/20/2011

Just a reminder to everyone that tonight is the 'PINNED' DVD Release Party & Benefit Screening at the Capitol Theater, 7 PM. The event is being hosted by the St. Mark Athletic Association.

Tickets are $10 & all proceeds will benefit the West Park CYO Wrestling Program. Come on out for a great movie at a beautiful theater, and help the kids while you're at it!

DVDs will be available tonight, and a Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Hope to see you there!

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Special Edition DVDs On Sale Now! By Patrick Norman on 03/13/2011

We're thrilled to announce that the Pinned Special Edition DVDs are on sale now! In addition to the award winning feature film, each DVD is packed with special features, including filmmaker commentary with Matt Curley & Lance Palmer, deleted scenes, bloopers, trailers, commercials, and more. PLUS: We've also included "The Dynasty," a mini-documentary chronicling the history of the St. Edward wrestling program from the first locker room practices with Joe Figlar to the dynasty Howard Ferguson established from the late 70's on into the 80's. They're a great gift for the wrestler in your family. Get yours today!

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Upcoming Columbus Screening By Patrick Norman on 02/14/2011

Great news for everyone who's been waiting for a chance to catch PINNED! Mike and I are happy to announce an upcoming screening during this year's Ohio State Wrestling Tournament, held in conjunction with our partners at the Columbus Intl. Film + Video Festival.

We'll be screening Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 PM at the Gateway Film Center (map). Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased online here or day-of at the box office. Both Mike and I will be on hand for Q&A after the show.

It's the perfect way to relax with your team before the finals. We're looking forward to seeing you all there.

Don't forget to RSVP via Facebook!

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DVD Announced in The Brakeman Report By Patrick Norman on 01/30/2011

Each year Ohio wrestlers wait for the release of Brian Brakeman's Annual High School Wrestling Forecast. "The Brakeman Report," as it has come to be known, is a statistical breakdown of placements in the Ohio High School Athletic Association's State High School wrestling tournament, including projected state champions.

Mr. Brakeman, who is interviewed in 'Pinned,' was kind enough to mention our forthcoming DVD in this year's report. We wanted to let everyone know that we are finishing our quality control tests on the DVD and are on track to release it in February. We've worked very hard to pack it full of bloopers, funny and poignant deleted scenes, and various other special features that wrestlers are sure to love- including a short film on Howard Ferguson & the history of St. Ed's wrestling.

We couldn't be more excited for the DVD's upcoming release, and want to thank everyone in the Pinned Nation for their support and enthusiasm for our film. Make sure you get the most up-to-date info on the DVD by joining our mailing list at the top of this page.

Also, have a look at this year's Brakeman Report, via Baum's page. 

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Pinned on IMDB! By Patrick Norman on 11/22/2010

Just wanted to let everyone know that Pinned has been added to IMDB - the Internet Movie Database! If you've had a chance to see the film, please take a moment to stop by and rate the film or even write a quick review. We really want the IMDB community to know what you thought of Pinned!

You can find Pinned on IMDB here.

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Awards & Updates! By Patrick Norman on 10/09/2010

"Pinned" recently took 3rd Place for feature documentaries at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, bringing home the glorious golden coach award! In addition, we also won an Honorable Mention in the Columbus International Film + Video Festival in Ohio. Video from All Sports LA coming soon. Thanks to Pat Battistini & staff for an awesome showing and great reception.


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Los Angeles Premiere By Patrick Norman on 07/05/2010

Wrestlers & wrestling fans- don't miss the LA Premiere of "Pinned" at the 2010 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival!

We're screening Sunday, July 11 at 5:10 PM in the Pickford Theater at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood. Mike and I will be in attendance, as will Lance Palmer, 4x NCAA All-American as well as reigning Big 10 champion, who is training for his MMA career in Sacramento. We'll be part of a filmmaker Q&A immediately following the screening.

We are fired up to be bringing our film to the West coast and we hope to see you all there!

Priority seating goes quickly, so grab your ticket online here. A map of the venue is available here.

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"How I Got Pinned" in USA Wrestling Magazine By Patrick Norman on 06/03/2010

Not long ago Mike wrote an article for USA Wrestling Magazine. The idea came as we were visiting the magazine's hometown of Missoula, MT for our world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest. "How I Got Pinned" is Mike's rundown of the story & also his reflection of how he and I came to make "Pinned." It's a fun read.

Check out the full article here.

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Pinned at the Asics US Open By Patrick Norman on 05/02/2010

Mike and I were on hand last weekend at the Asics US Open & Fila National Championships. Always good to have a weekend of awesome wrestling while promoting the film. Our thanks to Larry Nugent and the staff at USA Wrestling for such a great event!

The tournament was also broadcast on the Big Ten Network, and featured a brand new :30 second commercial for Pinned! Check it out here.

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Pinned the Musical - TONIGHT! By Patrick Norman on 03/27/2010

Join us tonight for "Pinned: The Musical!" A benefit concert for the film featuring some of the bands from the film's soundtrack.

The event is hosted by DJ kNow1 and features Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Selln' You Short, The Pinstripes, At No End, Echo Grove and Vital Mines.

Admission is a $10 minimum donation. Volunteers and Staff of the Cleveland International Film Festival are admitted free with their passes. The event will be at The Phantasy Theater in Lakewood. Doors open at 7PM.

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Seats Available for Capitol Screening! By Patrick Norman on 03/21/2010

An important announcement regarding the Thursday, March 25 screening of "Pinned" at the Capitol Theatre: general admission & online tickets have sold out, but STAND BY TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! This means that you can still purchase tickets for our special event screening. Tell your friends and click here for more information.

Information about the special event screening is here. Mike and I will be joined by many of the film's subjects & will be around for discussions after the show.

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Night at the Capitol - SOLD OUT! By Patrick Norman on 03/17/2010

The featured screening of "Pinned" as part of the Night at the Capitol Theatre on March 25th has sold out! Don't miss out! Tickets are going fast for the remaining screenings, so be sure to get yours here!

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Next Screening: Cleveland International Film Festival By Patrick Norman on 02/26/2010


After a massive world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana, Mike and I are excited to announce the upcoming Ohio premiere of "Pinned!" The film will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival on the following dates:

Friday, March 19 - 4:45 PM at Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 20 - 11:20 AM at Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 25 - 7:15 PM at the Capitol Theatre

There will be Q&A's following these screenings, and many of the film's subjects will be in attendance. There are also a number of parties and special events in the works to follow these screenings, so join our e-mail list to be sure you don't miss out on the fun!

Official info from the festival can be found here.

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World Premiere! By Patrick Norman on 11/03/2009

Exciting news! Pinned has been named an Official Selection of the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! The festival is held in Missoula, Montana from Feb. 12-21.

We will have our World Premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9:45PM in the historic Wilma Theatre on Montana's largest screen! 

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