Bending Steel

Directed by Dave Carroll
Film Movement
93 Minutes
Documentary, Biography
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Bending Steel examines the mental and physical battle of inspiring old-world strongman Chris Shoeck. Facing a lifetime of addiction and suffering, Shoeck channels this pain into the extraordinary feat of bending steel. In pursuit of a forgotten world, Schoeck lifts himself out of isolation and into the supportive community of performers who push the limits of strength. Exploring the interplay of mind and body, Shoeck's story provides an uplifting story for mental health, addiction and substance abuse organizations. The film is also recommended for University courses specializing in fitness and nutrition.


  • Chris Schoeck
  • Highest Rating
    "The sight of this very strong man tackling a moment of complete vulnerability gives Bending Steel the hold-your-breath drama of a fine sports film."
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "The film does a great job of showing the long tradition of the very tight community that’s formed amongst the other strongmen."
    STEPHEN SAITO, Moveable Fest
  • Highest Rating
    "You’re not likely to see a more inspiring documentary this year than “Bending Steel,” the story of one Chris Schoeck, an unassuming New York gentleman with one secret passion"
    Gabe Toro, IndieWire

Awards & Recognition

Audience Award
Camden Int'l. Film Festival
Best Picture
Fargo Film Festival
Audience Award
Key West Film Festival
Official Selection
Tribeca Film Festival

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