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GOOD VIBRATIONS Pop polymath Julia Holter discusses violence, storytelling, and scoring Bleed For This text by Emily Hunt Kivel photography by Tonje Thilesen

Late last year, Open Road Films announced Bleed For This, a film depicting the tragic fall and triumphant comeback of world boxing champion Vinny Pazienza, starring Miles Teller and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime). The film tells the true story of Italian-American lightweight and junior middleweight champ Vinny Paz, or “The Pazmanian Devil,” whose career nearly ended when his neck was fractured in a catastrophic car accident, which took place just weeks after winning his second world title in 1991. Despite incredibly painful and cumbersome medical procedures, Paz continued to train after the injury in hopes of returning to the ring. Against all odds—and the recommendations of his doctors—Paz successfully recovered and resumed his career, finding success as a minor beltholder and worldtitle challenger. His life’s story reads like a Hollywood script, but director Younger had more subtle artistic goals in mind when he took on the project.

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