A Most Beautiful Thing
A documentary chronicling the first African American high school rowing team in the country.
50 Eggs / Mary Mazzio
About the Film
Called one of the best documentaries to unveil at South by Southwest by Brian Tallerico of Roger Ebert, A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING, narrated by the Academy-Award/Grammy-winning artist, Common; executive-produced by NBA Stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade along with Grammy-award winning producer 9th Wonder; and directed by award-winning filmmaker (and Olympic rower) Mary Mazzio, chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago), all coming together to row in the same boat. An amazing story.
A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING explores not only the safety these young men found on the water (where, as the captain reflected, “we were in a place where we could not hear the sound of sirens”), but the trauma of violence and cyclical poverty, examining how these young men were able to support each other in reimagining a different future for themselves, and how rowing and the water provided the backdrop for that opportunity. These young men came together, after 20 years out of the boat, to race this past summer, not only to celebrate the team’s founding, but the fact that they are still alive. This is their story.
In May of 2019, Another Age Productions was extremely fortunate to brought on as the post production facility, along with Noreen Moross serving as post supervisor and Andrew Eldridge as the primary editor for A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING. Noreen had previously worked with Mary on several of her early films, and when the opportunity arose to edit another one, Noreen connected her with Andrew and the post-production process went into motion. The Another Age team worked closely with Mary and the 50 Eggs crew managing over 30TBs of footage, image, and audio files, as well as coordinating outputs to the other editors, colorist Rob Bessette, and sound mixer Greg McCleary. The long hours, constant refinement, Mary’s creative vision, and the dedication of the people within the film makes A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING something that Another Age Production is truly proud of. The film is set to premiere in 2020.