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The Featherweight (2023)

Appian Way Productions
The Featherweight (2023)

"The Featherweight" is an upcoming American biographical sports drama film directed by Robert Kolodny (the cinematographer behind Netflix's "Procession"), from a script by Steve Loff, and starring James Madio as professional boxer Willie Pep.

Appian Way Productions is producing the film with Golden Ratio Films, Loff, Asger Hussain, Bennett Elliott, and Robert Greene, who will also serve as the film's editor. Academy Award nominee and documentarian Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") is also on board as the film's Executive Producer.

Appian Way Productions is a Los Angeles based film and television production company founded in 2001 by Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Davisson serves as President of Production.

Set in 1964, a camera crew follows Willie Pep, retired world featherweight boxing champion. Now living in Hartford Connecticut with an aspiring actress wife half his age, a drug-addled son, Italian immigrant parents, mounting debts and the feeling of faded glory, Pep decides to make a return to the ring.

Shefik will appear in the film as Bar Owner.


  • Bar Owner: Shefik

Last Updated: December 10, 2023

About Shefik

Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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