Test: A Classic American Story....On Steroids

New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County | Film Feature

Sport, LGBTQ

Brock Yurich

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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A young bodybuilder living in smalltown Ohio defies his religious mother when he follows the county's best coach into a world of steroid abuse and exploitation.

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Mission Statement

LGBT exclusion is still a huge issue, not only in the United States, but around the globe. National research has shown that substance abuse is twice as prevalent in LGBT youths compared with their peers, and the rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGBT youth.

The Story

Who am I? My name is Brock Yurich, and I'm a film maker and actor in New York City.I was born and raised with a Bodybuilder father in Ohio, and went to high school and College in florida, where I worked at a gym and studied as an actor. 


What is TEST? TEST is a Feature film about a young amateur Bodybuilder, Eddie, who must balance his relationship with his suffocating, religious mother and his manipulative coach, who introduces Eddie to the world of steroids and exploitation, all in the name of the sport of Bodybuilding.


I competed in my first bodybuilding show when I was 20, and I won first place in the middle weight division. I lost terribly in the overall division, but that's a story for another time. During my time competing, I met some of the most dedicated and determined men and women. In Film, bodybuilders are a punchline. They're portrayed as big, clunky, neanderthal-types. But behind the stereotype is a vast world of intricate science, physically-demanding training, and more self-discipline than most can understand. 


However, my personal battle with steroid abuse is what prompted me to write TEST. I was addicted, and over the course of a couple years I lost a couple friends who were addicted as well, due to heart failure. 


Physical perfection is a huge issue in the world. We are bombarded with images every day of what we "should" look like. The bodybuilding world is a testament to that. I want to explore the truth of the industry for a lot of young men and women. 


Why me? After my first short film T-COUNTY, I realized I had to expand my main character and tell his story in a deeper fashion. And writers are constantly told, "Write what you know." 

Our goal is to raise $250,000. For a feature film, this is incredibly low. But shooting in Ohio will help us keep our expenses down. 


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We will be shooting on location in local gyms and residences in Dover, Ohio

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We will be filming in Ohio and transporting the cast and crew from New York to the Midwest

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About This Team

The Writer: Brock Yurich is a New York City Actor and writer. His writing credits include the short film "T-County" from which he was awarded Best Lead Actor by the Melbourne International Film Festival, the dark comedy short film "Knock Knock Head Lock" by Mike Southerly, and "49," a short film tribute to the tragedy of Pulse Night Club in Orlando. His acting credits include playing Madison on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and Have Nots," Wes in "Goat"with Nick Jonas and James Franco, and Kyle in "The Outcasts" with Victoria Justice. 


The Director: Mike Southerly currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he was Creative Director of Trailers and Marketing at Fox Studios for 15 years before starting his own Trailer Company. Mike's directing debut "Knock Knock Head Lock" starring Jane The Virgin's Azie Tesfai. 


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