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Yungo Gigante

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My wife and I went to the special screening of a rough cut Gigante last night. You may remember that this is a documentary on Andres Torres and his struggles and triumphs as he has dealt with his condición, ADHD. The film itself is super touching, with interviews of family and friends and re-enactments of Torres's early life to begin the film and then interviews with Torres, teammates and coaches in the second half. All cut with interviews with docs and experts on ADHD and the brain, so I feel I left with an education as well. The young boy that portrays young Torres that the director pulled off the street where Andres grew up does great, and those scenes are quite fun. Likewise, the majority of the filming took place after the Giants World Series win, so you see SF, Torres and fam triumphant! The interviews with Torres are really affecting as you see his struggles on the field last year shake him to the core as he ramps his workouts to 20 hours a day. Of course, on the day that is an emotional roller coaster - this past Monday May 28th his wife gives birth, he vents to the director, and sits 8 innings - he ends up with a PH double. Torres remains a awesome professional despite other turmoil. The special screening was hosted by the NYU School of Medicine's Adult ADHD Program. Torres, the director (Chusy), and the ADHD program director all took questions after the screening. The audience was full of fans, students, and people with ADHD - with plenty of overlap between those groups. Torres's fam (and newborn! so cute!) and the kid that played him in the film were there. That was cool. It was an awesome time, insightful and moving. If any other McCoven were there and took photos, it would be great to share them. Unfortunately, I'm not one to snap pics myself. http://www.yungogigante.com/y/home.html

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