For Immediate Release: February 28, 2011
Contact: Donald K. Anthony, Jr
697 Olde Orchard Court
Columbus, Ohio 43213
(917) 861-6432
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Columbus, Ohio, February 25, 2011 - SwordSport and Ozone Studios are pleased to announce that the short documentary film BlackBlades has been selected to premier at the inaugural Arnold Sports Film Festival on March 5, 2011, between Noon and 2:00 PM, at the Arena Grand Theater in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The BlackBlades project is dedicated to telling the history of African-American fencers. Using archival footage and still images BlackBlades describes the historical timeline over a 40 year period of Olympic competition through the 2008 Beijing games. The film features Olympic fencers, Akhi Spencer-El, Erinn Smart, Keeth Smart, Mika’il Sankofa and Peter Westbrook describing how fencing has changed their lives and how each one of them have chosen to give back to the sport and coach a new generation of Olympic fencers.

Former US World Championship Team member and CEO of SwordSport, Donald K. Anthony, Jr. is the Executive Producer of the film and has been shooting footage and collecting material for the film for over a decade. Anthony collaborated with Hollywood film producer and US Olympic Fencer, Carl Borack, along with Ozone Studios on the BlackBlades film project for most of those years.

The short version of the film was produced to drive interest and funding for a feature film that will go into more depth and cover a longer period. The creative team at Ozone Studios led by writer and director Rick Loutzenhiser worked with Anthony to produce the film in time for entry into the Arnold Sports Film Festival.

“A film does not come together without great resources and great people,” said Anthony. “I want to thank Ozone Studios for the relationship over the years and for their support in creating a very solid product.” “AEP Ohio was an also an early underwriter of the film and we want to thank them for their vision and support at the beginning stages of this project.”


SwordSport, LLC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with an office in Brooklyn, NY. SwordSport produces content and promotes the sport of Fencing by providing access to this unique world of combat through events, programs, clubs and interactive media. SwordSport drives revenue through advertising and sponsorship, events, film and video products, training programs and club marketing.

Ozone Studios

Ozone Studios, LLC Is a full service video production company located in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio. Offering a passionate and experienced staff of video producers, graphic artists and video editors equipped with top of the line equipment. Ozone Studios produces video work for clients such as Nationwide Insurance Company, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University.

Arnold Sports Film Festival

The first ever Arnold Sports Film Festival is being held in conjunction with the annual Arnold Sports Fitness Classic and is committed to the discovery, nurture and presentation of the best short-form international filmmaking focused on personal athletic endeavor.