Since 2014, Thon Maker, the 7' 1" Sudanese-Australian big man with the range and agility of a guard, has played high school ball in Orangeville, Ontario, about an hour outside of Toronto. With the help of his coach and guardian Edward Smith, Maker has been bulking up his rangy frame and fine-tuning his considerable talent. At the moment, colleges from Arizona State to Notre Dame are trying to sway him. No matter what he decides, Maker's days in the quiet town he now calls home will soon be over. Photographs by Steven Counts.
Deep in the heart of Lone Star, Friday night’s gridiron lights burn brightly—even amid the quietude of desolate places. It was for these communities that six-man football was created, towns too small for eleven-on-eleven. Filmmaker Nicholas Strini followed two teams fighting to experience the glory of “State,” and the chance to make history. Size is secondary.
Jimmy Snuka “Superfly”
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka grew up a Fijian prince, only to leave paradise for the shores of the Western markets. Later in life, the 1980s, when Jimmy was one of America’s greatest professional wrestlers, his regal qualities continued to shine through: power and grace, humility and majesty. Towards the conclusion of his ring battles, the character Superfly would float through the air with the greatest of ease, to pile-drive his opponents into total submission. Directed by Anthony Blasko
The Legend of Panther Girl
The life of Ann Casey, a once mythic figure on the budding women’s wrestling circuit of the Sixties and Seventies, is the stuff of pulp-fiction dreams. Born in rural Alabama, she escaped abuse and poverty to become one of the most glamorous and fierce wrestlers in the country. Casey’s path to The Belt was strewn with crooked fighters, promoters and managers. She kissed Elvis, survived an assassination attempt, and died on an operating table before becoming a champion. Her long, strange tale is undeniable and unforgettable. Words by Jeff Maysh. Illustrations by Benjamin Marra.