Clifton Springs & Laura Valtorta | Chapin, SC | 56 min
Genre: Feature Doc
“If you want to learn the sweet science,” boxing trainer Dominic Robinson-Neal says, “come to White Rock.” Since 1995, White Rock Boxing founder Billy Stanick has cultivated some of the brightest talents in the southeastern boxing circuit at his gym. White Rock Boxing–the new documentary feature from Indie Grits alum Laura Valtorta and filmmaker Clifton Springs–offers audiences an insider’s look at the noted South Carolina establishment.
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
Laura Puccia Valtorta:
I’m Laura Puccia Valtorta, Executive Producer of White Rock Boxing. I’ve lived in South Carolina since 1988 and practiced law here since 1993.
Billy Stanick, the owner of White Rock Boxing Gym, was the inspiration for this film. He defies every stereotype about the South. Mr. Stanick loves boxing, and he loves boxers. As long as you share his passion, he doesn’t bother you with questions about where you were born. His gym is one of the most diverse place I’ve ever visited, in terms of ethnicity, skin color, gender, and political outlook. I love the grittiness and the liveliness of White Rock Boxing!
When I decided to make a film about the White Rock Boxing gym, I reached out to cinematographer Cliff Springs. Cliff immediately agreed that this was a good idea. We worked together in the planning, filming, and editing of this film. I was the person behind the scenes who interviewed everyone.
I am especially proud that we interviewed Linda Stanick in White Rock Boxing. Linda was a wonderful person, the wife of Billy Stanick. She died after we finished the film.
I’ve attended Indie Grits before, with my short film “The Art House.” At film festivals, I love to meet other filmmakers and share stories of the obstacles we face. I hope that Indie Grits will have a filmmaker lounge.
White Rock Boxing shows clearly that people can work together when they share a passion. It also shows that a difficult sport can lift young people out of dangerous situations.
I’m CliffSprings, owner of Genesis Studios and the director for White Rock Boxing. I grew up in Charleston and moved to Columbia after studying Media Arts at USC. I began working professionally while still in college, and have enjoyed every day in the industry for 27 year now.
After attending a boxing event at White Rock, Laura Valtorta approached me with her desire to tell the story of this amazing little gym that has produced many state and national champions. We decided to collaborate on the project and spent the better part of a year getting to know Billy Stanick, his team of trainers and managers, and many of his boxers and their individual stories. Needless to say, the intensity of fight nights were something to behold.
This film is just a slice of time and a snippet of the lives of those featured in it, but I think viewers will be fascinated to imagine the depth of stories, the diversity of people, the discipline of training, and the love and support that goes on inside the walls of this unassuming former roofing warehouse in Chapin, South Carolina. We certainly were.