Get your popcorn ready... The first ever feature length documentary on the sport of Long Distance Triathlon reached it's Kickstarter goal of $75,000 and will now be coming to the Big Screen! They plan to release this film in theaters in the second half of 2015, becoming the first triathlon documentary film to be shown on the big screen in the world!
The Challenge Roth Triathlon Documentary: a feature-length documentary on the inspiring journey of six triathletes (two professional and four age groupers) as they train and prepare for the largest and one of the most challenging endurance races in the world, comes from the producer of awarding-winning documentaries Spirit of the Marathon and Spirit of the Marathon II.
It's billed as an inspirational movie for those of you who likes challenges and for all people who are passionate about a healthy lifestyle - runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists, swimmers, family members and friends!
This film is more than a sports film, it uses the Long Distance Triathlon race as a vehicle to truly showcase how human beings can overcome different obstacles, live up to their beliefs and achieve personal triumph by pushing themselves to the limit both physically and mentally.
The documentary crew features award-winning filmmakers that bring a rich experience in documentary film and narrative feature film producing, directing, and composing.
Executive Producer: Mark Jonathan Harris, three-time Academy Award winner in documentary category across three different decades. He is best known for his films Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) narrated by Judi Dench and The Long Way Home (1997). Mark was also the executive producer for Spirit of the Marathon (2007) and Spirit of the Marathon II (2013)
Executive Producer: Bob Babbitt, the "storyteller" of triathlon sport, Ironman and USA Triathlon Hall of Famer, co-founder of Competitor Magazine, co-founder of Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
Composer: Jeff Beal, three-time Emmy Award Winner. Some of Jeff's recent projects include House of Cards, Blackfish, and The Queen of Versailles among other feature films and TV shows.
Director/Producer: Gwendolen Twist. Gwendolen has produced both Spirit of the Marathon (2007) and Spirit of the Marathon II (2013) documentaries. Spirit of the Marathon (2007) is ranked No. 5 among the 25 Greatest Running Movies Ever by Competitor Magazine. She is also an avid marathon runner with a PR of 3:11!
Producer: Yanfeng (Yan) Zhang. Yan is currently working for the acclaimed producer Janet Yang, who produced THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) starring Woody Harrelson and Edward Norton, which won the 1996 Golden Globe Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay, and garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor. Yan is a two-time Ironman finisher and a marathon runner.