Staff Picks: Bending Steel

An intimate documentary puts a lens on one man’s struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind.

In this edition of Staff Picks: feats of super-human strength and character. Bending Steel, directed by  Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro, follows 43-year old Chris Schoeck, a Queens native training to become a professional Coney Island strongman. From training in his basement to his very first performance on the big stage, from bending nails to breaking chains, Schoeck embarks on a remarkable journey to push past his physical limits, and face up to his fears.