The spec promo commercial to promote the Boxing After Dark. Boxing After Dark is an HBO boxing program that usually shows fights between well-known contenders, but usually not “championship” or “title” fights. This is where fighters are given their start to become famous.
This commercial titled “I Still Have a Soul”, written and directed by Contraband (Liam O’Neill & Jason Koburov) is almost a short film with no dialogue conveys an overwhelming emotion, telling the story of a man lost in the world and that is in fulfillment of a dream. Film centers on a homeless man, played by Wil Sylvince, who is looking to better himself, raising money every which way he can in order to pay for training as a boxer at a local gym. We get glimpses of his life on the streets, his makeshift sleeping accommodations near train tracks, and the various means he uses to make a living-or in this case to graduate to some semblance of a livelihood in the boxing ring.