THE MAN WITH THE HAMMER
Director: Mario Zozin
Country: Germany, Slovenia
Cast: Dave Crosland - The Man With The Hammer
Benjamin Wise - Runner
Every endurance athlete fears him. With runners, he usually waits until somewhere between kilometer 30 and 35. Then he strikes. Again and again. Legs turn to lead, cramps and stitches set in followed by the feeling of total exhaustion. This is the so-called “The Man with the Hammer”.
On his run through rough terrain, a long-distance runner suddenly encounters the merciless Hammerman. It ́s the start of a dramatic battle which takes place within the athlete. Who will be the victor? Body or spirit? Pain or will? Raw force or absolute focus?
RUN TO SEE THE CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS
Producer: Daria Shelest
Director of Photography: Oleksandr Shevchyshyn
Cameraman: Oleksiy Tatarinov
I am a cinematographer, cameraman and a traveler. Through working on different travel-shows, I have visited more than 65 countries. I will not show you again what you have already seen. So I invite you to make a run to see the world. This journey was to the Carpathian Mountain, situated in Ukraine, in the heart of Europe.
Producer: Emma Crome
Director: Matt Pycroft.
The call to prayer is a familiar sound in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Five times a day the minaret sounds, and people from all across Moroccan valleys pause to say their prayers. Embedded with a powerful sense of tradition, the people of these villages very much still live ‘the old way’, and many are subsistence farmers who live honest, humble lives. This is no different for Aziza Raji, it’s just that despite the daily tasks that are expected of her, she manages to find time to train to be one of the rising stars of Moroccan ultra-running.
Set in the streets of Bou Tharar and the wide, craggy valleys of the lower Atlas, ‘Aziza’ is the story of a young woman who has thrived in the world of ultra-racing. The combination of her ambition, determination, and the loving support of her family has helped her to overcome many social and cultural challenges, and has made her a role model for other up-and-coming athletes in Morocco.
RUNNING WITH HELEN
Producer: Kate Charter
Country: United Kingdom
Part found footage, part animated documentary about having multiple sclerosis and going running. Running with Helen focuses on the filmmakers’ own experience of using running to come to terms with her diagnosis and is supported by the voices of other runners living with MS. This film aims to portray life with MS in a realistic and human way, providing an alternative to the many negative expectations of the disease. The film is about remembering to keep doing those things that really make you feel good - even when life throws lemons directly in your face.
IRON AGAIN - TIM DON
Director: Andrew Hinton
Producer: Hannah Stone
On May 28, 2017, Tim Don became the fastest Ironman triathlete of all time. The following October, he headed to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, as a favorite to top the podium. But he never started the race. Just days before the event, Tim was hit by a truck while cycling. Scans revealed that he had broken his neck.
The steely determination that Tim showed since returning to consciousness after the crash now shifted to rebuilding himself as an Ironman. On July 29, 2018, Tim was back on an elite Ironman start line in Hamburg, Germany. A ninth-place finish marked an incredible achievement but was not enough to secure a return to Kona. Undeterred, Tim made another bid for qualification just three weeks later at Ironman Denmark in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the race didn’t go to plan. After a strong start, Tim was forced to retire. Just as he was accepting that a return to the World Championships would have to wait, news came that one of the qualifiers had dropped out. Ranked just outside the qualification places, Tim would take his spot. The Man with the Halo was heading back to Kona.
Director: Vincent DeLuca
Some people run for exercise, others for competition, but Johnnie Jameson runs to heal. Scarred by the violence he witnessed while serving in the Vietnam War, Johnnie returned to America seeking peace. He found himself working for the United States Postal Service and decided to enter the first LA Marathon in 1986 and run it backwards. Since then, Johnnie has run every LA marathon consecutively, earning him the title of Legacy Runner. As he prepares for his 30th race, Johnnie must face his aging body and dig deeper than ever before to push forward.
RUN THE LINE
Director: Beau Miles
After taking on the challenge of running a mile an hour for 24 hours last year, Beau Miles is out “running” again. This time, by taking on the challenge on running through Victoria’s old train line.
Director: Eli Tianse Ables-Allison
Producer: Anthony Pavkovich
In July of 2017, 3 runners of the Bozeman community embarked on a 250-mile, week-long traverse of the northern GYE, from Bozeman to Red Lodge. The goal is twofold: empower the community to act in defense of public lands, and inspire adventure in their own backyard. There are few places where curiosity and creativity can generate a project of this nature—this is certainly one of them. Running 250 miles, the lion’s share on singletrack, while climbing over 36,000 vertical feet in seven days, may seem daunting—if you view the tour as a whole. The key to accomplishing such an intimidating task is to break it down into manageable pieces, day-by-day, mile-by-mile.
This is more than a run. This is a celebration of the public spaces that people share as a local, regional and national community. This is an exploration of the place we call home. Join us in the search for common ground.
Director: Tim Kemple, Camp4 Collective
Producer: Stevie Meier, Camp4 Collective
Country: Faroe Islands
This is a story about Sverri Steinholm, a Faroese trail running pastor that explores the relationship of his spirituality both through his experiences in the outdoors and in a traditional church/community. Sverri is an avid runner — both on the road and ‘in the fields’ as he says — who uses his time on the trails to work through not only his personal conflicts, but the conflicts of others he often is burdened to bear being the local Pastor who must keep everyone’s secrets.
Director: James Martin
Producers: Erika Derylo, Sheila Smithson
Country: New Zealand
On the surface, Anna Frost looks like a competition-driven elite ultrarunner having won some of the hardest races in her sport. One would probably think the desire to win is what drives Anna to race on trails but to her, trail running is a gateway to connection. Connection to nature. Connection to community. And ultimately, connection to self. The film will get viewers stoked to learn more about the fabled, “Frosty” as she is about go through the hardest challenge of her life - Motherhood.
DARK PEAK FELL RUNNERS (World Premiere Exclusive Content)
Director: Matt Hardy
Producer: Emma Crome
Country: United Kingdom
The Dark Peak Fell Runners base themselves in Sheffield, but their playground is the Peak District National Park where they weave tracks through the fields, peat bogs and rocky outcrops to create a tapestry of eccentricity, endeavour and endurance.
As one of the biggest pure fell running clubs in the UK, the ‘Dark Peak Fell Runners’ captures the personality, quirks and successes of the club and its members. Shot throughout the course of a year, the film follows in their footsteps to reveal their well-trodden Peak District running routes including the club’s flagship race, the Edale Skyline.
Directors: Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel
Producers: Danny Taff, Kristin Gavin, Stevie Meier
What happens when a diverse handful of rebels across the globe co-opts a sport that was long the dominion of yuppies? The answer is at the heart of THE MOVEMENT, an irreverent, music-driven story about the new revolution in running. In recent years, underrepresented communities have been transforming the sport of running into something beyond the realms of fitness and competition. Running today is a lifestyle, an identity, a raised fist, and a force to blast through social constructs. In cities from London to Tokyo, misfits, punks, and others far outside the mainstream athlete mold have been gathering into run crews that take to the streets in defiance. Trail running is undergoing its own takeover as women lead the charge to run further and freer than ever before. THE MOVEMENT is a high-energy ride that carries us through the intersection of running and culture today, with a look toward where it’s going tomorrow.