Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2020) As Ethiopian federal troops claim victory in Tigray's capital of Mekelle, many miles away in Hollywood, filmmaker Danny Simmons brings attention to the war-ravaged country with his documentary Suffer For Good. The documentary premieres on December 8, 2020, distributed worldwide by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company on all major VOD platforms.
Suffer For Good is the moving story of Ethiopian boxer Seb Zewdie. His Olympic dreams were shattered by Russia's boycott of the LA 1984 Olympics and a vicious near-death stabbing. After a chance encounter with CNN Hero Dr. Rick Hodes, Seb survived as a political refugee in the United States. Thirty-three years later, Director Simmons follows his journey back into the boxing ring. We now find Seb in LA a pro boxing and UFC striking coach still haunted by what could have been.
Suffer For Good is Danny Simmons' feature-length directorial debut. He directed and produced Every Other Weekend, a pilot turned web series that was executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Sterling K. Brown of NBC's This Is Us. Starring HBO's Kimberly Hébert Gregory, starring and produced by Ryan Michelle Bathé (NBC's This Is Us), and created by Netflix's Adrienne Carter. Fox put in development Every Other Weekend, a half-hour single-camera comedy from Will Packer Media at the end of 2019.
In addition to his work in the film and television space, Simmons directed viral campaigns for brands like Experian, Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria and the city of Beverly Hills. He frequently films travel documentaries that have taken him around the globe and been distributed by Tastemade Studios, LAist, Gothamist and featured in media outlets such as Huffington Post, EATER, Condé Nast Traveler and Angeleno Magazine. Simmons is an avid sports fan, having competed in the College World Series while studying at UC San Diego. He met Seb Zewdie, the subject of Suffer For Good, while training at Seb Boxing in Culver City, Calif. He produces under the Broken Dove Productions banner.
Seb Sebsebe "Fetan" Zewdie is a respected boxing and MMA coach. A political refugee from Ethiopia, Zewdie immigrated to the United States in 1987 in order to receive a life-saving heart operation. Zewdie is the father of three young American sons and resided with his wife Lyou only a few miles from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1984 Olympic games until earlier this year when they moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee. Seb's wife Lyou is a healthcare worker who has been working at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville during the pandemic. Seb has been helping patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in his local community by teaching them how to box. Seb Zewdie attended Addis Ketma High School, Tegbred Technical School and he is an El Camino College graduate.
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About Broken Dove Productions
Broken Dove is a video production company with a focus on sports documentaries, scripted comedy, broadcast commercials, and digital content. Founded in 2020 and based out of Santa Monica California, Broken Dove productions is led by Director/Producer Danny Simmons.
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About Gravitas Ventures
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America- over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include The Secret: Dare to Dream, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes; End of Sentence starring Logan Lerman and John Hawkes; Looks That Kill; Tread; Loopers: The Caddies Long Walk, narrated by Bill Murray; Colin Hank's All Things Must Pass; and the upcoming Our Friend, starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel.
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About Red Arrow Studios
Red Arrow Studios is one of the world's leading creators and distributors of entertainment content, comprised of an acclaimed network of
international production companies and labels in seven territories; world leading digital studio, Studio 71, based in six countries; and a global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group's significant output includes scripted, non-global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one one of Europe's leading media groups.
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