Under Pressure: Diary of a Cage Fighter
Under Pressure: Diary of a Cage Fighter slams viewers face-first into a little-seen world where blood, sweat and tears are the natural by-product of furious, raw battles between finely-tuned athletes clashing within the confines of a steel cage. This is the story of Todd Sturgis told by his wife Tamera during his quest from full-fledged armchair athlete to finely tuned professional fighter. When long haul trucker Todd Sturgis had an awakening and decided to follow his dream, he unwittingly took his wife along for the ride. It wasn't her dream but, regardless of how crazy it seemed at times, she loved him and supported him as he trained, boxed, wrestled, fought and clawed his way into the gritty world of cage fighting. Doing what any self-respecting wife would, Tamera grabbed her camera hoping to chronicle a fool's venture and document her husband's disastrous folly. What she captured was something altogether different. The film captures not only the pure essence of the sport but also the raw emotions experienced by fighters and their families in a sport that boils competition down to it's most fundamental elements. Tamera directed the film in a stunning and uncompromising Cinema Verite style, literally keeping the audience Under Pressure with vivid and skillfully edited fight sequences interspersed with an unflinchingly honest look at what a steel cage fighter must take on and what he must give up to become a champion.