Jill Morley on her new film Fighting It

People who know what it’s like to pursue something with all of your heart, mind and soul will appreciate the film the most. – Jill Morley

Filmmaker Jill Morley hits hard in the ring and the director’s chair
Kat Ricker interviews filmmaker and boxer Jill Morley

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Fighting It
is a new documentary film about four female boxers who use boxing to overcome adversity in their lives. Independent filmmaker and writer Jill Morley has worked on Fighting It for three years, literally over her own sweat and blood. Besides filmmaker, Morely was a subject in the film.

Fighting It focuses on four women – professional boxer Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea, 2007 Golden Gloves winner Susan Merlucci, professional boxer Kimberly Tomes and Morley herself, in her own journey to fight in the 2008 New York Golden Gloves, the biggest amateur boxing tournament in the world.

The film is making the rounds in rough cut screenings right now, and Morley is working on getting it into film festivals and trying to land a cable deal. She plans on releasing a DVD, which will be available at the Fighting It website.

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Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas is now available.

snatch analysis

January woods

What is this crazy plant on this log?

running shoes worse than high heels?

Whoa! As if running weren't bad enough on your joints, the shoes are evil! Solution? Go barefoot, or get some footwear that emulates it. This is timely for me, as I anticipate the arrival of my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers.

From Article on new report at Elsevier

Running shoes may cause damage to knees, hips and ankles

... findings confirm that while the typical construction of modern-day running shoes provides good support and protection of the foot itself, one negative effect is the increased stress on each of the 3 lower extremity joints. These increases are likely caused in large part by an elevated heel and increased material under the medial arch, both characteristic of today’s running shoes.

Writing in the article, lead author D. Casey Kerrigan, MD, JKM Technologies LLC, Charlottesville, VA, and co-investigators state, “Remarkably, the effect of running shoes on knee joint torques during running (36%-38% increase) that the authors observed here is even greater than the effect that was reported earlier of high-heeled shoes during walking (20%-26% increase). Considering that lower extremity joint loading is of a significantly greater magnitude during running than is experienced during walking, the current findings indeed represent substantial biomechanical changes.” Dr. Kerrigan concludes, “Reducing joint torques with footwear completely to that of barefoot running, while providing meaningful footwear functions, especially compliance, should be the goal of new footwear designs.”

The article is “The Effect of Running Shoes on Lower Extremity Joint Torques” by D. Casey Kerrigan, MD, Jason R. Franz, MS, Geoffrey S. Keenan, MD, Jay Dicharry, MPT, Ugo Della Croce, PhD, and Robert P. Wilder, MD. It appears in PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, Volume 1, Issue 12 (December 2009), published by Elsevier. The article has been made freely available and may be accessed at: External link http://www.pmrjournal.org/article/S1934-1482(09)01367-7/fulltext

Parkour flip animation reel

As if Parkour weren't amazing enough, this flip animation piece will knock your socks off!

my photo makes the cover of Oregon Coast Today

My photo of a Northern Fur Seal made the cover of Oregon Coast Today.

Great issue about stranded marine animals. Download the PDF version here. Read the cover story online here.

Who do you call? If you're on the Oregon coast, put these marine mammal stranding numbers into your phone.

  • Oregon State Police: 800-452-7888
  • OSU Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline: 541-270-6830
Printed edition publish date: Jan. 8, 2010
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