Set primarily in New York City, Denver, and Europe, Fencer plunges us into the heart and mind of Mae Wilson, a determined female athlete struggling with a life devoted to the peculiar and intense world of US fencing, and explores the loneliness of someone trying to achieve greatness in a sport that offers no chance for fame or fortune. The film is about the anxieties of competition and what one must give up in order to be a high-level athlete. Everything Mae does - from achieving to drinking to physical intimacy - is motivated unconsciously by a desire to alleviate her pain and discomfort and feel okay about herself. Desperate for the affection and approval of her absent parents, Mae throws her self into sport to prove she is enough, and inevitably transfers her approval seeking to her coach and others. At its heart the film raises the question of why people compete, and explores the deleterious effect of getting one's sense of worth and self esteem solely through achievement.
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This project is inspired by writer/director Jasmine McGlade's personal experiences as a champion fencer. The film aims, among other things, to depict the intensity of fencing, explore the deleterious effects of approval seeking and getting one's worth from external validation, and debunk the myth that fencing is a sport comprised merely of rich Caucasian athletes. See more