SWELL is the incredible true story of Walt Marino and his non-verbal autistic son Christopher, swept out to sea in 2008 and forced to survive a night in the open water. As the rising waves and darkness begin to separate them, their complicated history reveals that this larger-than-life dad may not be the most reliable narrator, and may in fact be the one who needs saving.
The Reaper is based on the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills. Irving's first-person account offers a fascinating and extremely rare view of special operations combat missions through the eyes of a Ranger sniper during theGlobal War on Terrorism. The story includes Nick's transition back to civilian life as a husband and father coupled with his own personal pursuit of happiness.
When all seems lost, where can hope be found? Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.
On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.
Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chanceby embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls.
Based on the book The Longest Fight by Washington Post sportswriter William Gildea, LIGHTWEIGHT chronicles the rise and fall... and ultimate triumph of Joe Gans, America's first black boxing champion.
A poor kid from Baltimore who topped out at just 5'7", Joe would notch 145 wins in his boxing career -- more than Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis combined -- before being brought down by a cheating scandal, financial ruin, and a crippling fight with tuberculosis.
And yet Gans would rise again in 1906 to fight in the longest professional bout of the 20th century, an epic "fight to the finish" in the hot Nevada desert against outspoken racist Battling Nelson. Before it was over, the fight would go 42 rounds and forever change the way black athletes were perceived in America.