18th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 23 - May 2, 2021

9th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2021

Cutie and the Boxer

USA, 2013 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2013
Special Guest!
In Cinema Globe Cinema:
Sat, Nov 23 7:00 PM


An intimate reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko.

As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, moving to New York City in 1969. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

Sundance Film Festival 2013
Tribeca Film Festival 2013
True/False Film Festival 2013
AFI Docs 2013

press for Cutie and the Boxer

"As a documentary and a love story, Cutie and the Boxer is nothing short of breathtaking"
- Indiewire
"Zachary Heinzerling's five-years-in-the-making portrait of Brooklyn-based artistes Ushio and Noriko Shinohara is a warts-and-all portrait of love, sacrifice and the creative spirit"
- Variety

screened with a short film


Brendan O'Connell is Blocking the Bread Aisle

USA, 2013, 5 min, Director Julien Lasseur

Artist Brendan O'Connell has been kicked out of more Walmart stores than you've ever visited.


English & Japanese with English Subtitles
Licensed Screening 18+
82 Minutes

special guest

Ushio Shinohara & Noriko Shinohara in attendance!


Director, Producer & Cinematographer:
Zachary Heinzerling

Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns, Sierra Pettengill

Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Ethan Cohen




Directing Award U.S. Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2013
2nd Place Audience Award Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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