Zachary Heinzerling
Cutie and the Boxer

ZACHARY HEINZERLING received support for Cutie and the Boxer, a feature-length documentary meditation on companionship, sacrifice and the creative spirit. This love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of two New York-based Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Bound by years of quiet resentment, disappointments, and missed professional opportunities, they are locked in a hard, dependent love. Through candid scenes between the couple, the viewer comes to understand that the stark differences in the Shinoharas art and personalities are the basis for a deep and challenging symbiosis that has kept them together for 40 years. The film is a challenging and moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, unrealized ambitions, and aging, against the background of lives dedicated to art.

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Film and Video
Grant Program
New York City Film and Video
New York City


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