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The engrossing “Desert Runners” follows several participants in the 4 Deserts Series, a globe-spanning annual lineup of “ultramarathon” races noted for their extreme conditions and length. While undertaking even one of these brutal endurance tests might seem nuts to the average citizen, Jennifer Steinman’s docu finds vivid human interest in a quartet of diverse protagonists with their sights set on the “Grand Slam” — completing all the races in one year’s course. Pic opened limited U.S. theatrical engagements Nov. 29, and should find plenty of enthusiasts via home-format and TV sales.
Already notorious as the world’s toughest such competition, despite its full program dating back only as far as 2006, the 4 Deserts attracts a small number of professional runners. But the majority of enrollees are simply there to challenge themselves. It’s hardly a challenge taken lightly (or presumably an expense taken likewise, though docu doesn’t address issues of »
- Dennis Harvey
Desert Runners will premiere exclusively on Directv's Audience Network on November 21 at 8Pm Et/Pt. Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award Winner - Desert Runners - A film by Jennifer Steinman will premiere exclusively on Directv's Audience Network on November 21 at 8Pm Et/Pt. The film will also be available on VOD, Amazon and iTUNES on December 10, 2013 through Brainstorm Media/Something to Talk About. Director Jennifer Steinman’s Desert Runners is an exhilarating and inspirational story of what can happen when a group of ordinary people attempts the extra-ordinary. The film follows a cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the most difficult desert "ultra marathon" series on Earth. Their intense journey takes them to the driest, »
- April Neale
The Hamptons International Film Festival wrapped today with an awards ceremony that saw the Audience Awards for Narrative and Documentary going to Stephen Frears' Judi Dench-starring drama "Philomena" and Jennifer Steinman's "Desert Runners." For the juried awards "The Selfish Giant," directed by Clio Barnard ("The Arbor") won the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award, while Ryan McGarry's "Code Black" nabbed the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary. "We are pleased to have showcased an incredible array of films this year with the range and depth of subject matters and craft." said Artistic Director David Nugent "These winners truly reflect the festival's mission to present some of the best films of the year and we are proud to share them with our audiences." Below find the full list of winners. Audience Award Narrative Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears Audience Award Documentary Desert Runners, Jennifer Steinman Audience Award Best Short One Last Hug. »
- Nigel M Smith
Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” and Jennifer Steinman’s doc “Desert Runners” snagged the audience awards at this year’s Hamptons Film Festival, which wrapped its five-day run with a kudo ceremony Oct. 14.
“Philomena,” which bowed at the Venice Film Festival and is queued up for a Nov. 22 release from the Weinstein Company, stars Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in the story of a journalist who picks up the story of a woman whose out-of-wedlock infant son was taken from her years ago by Catholic nuns. “Desert Runners,” which premiered in Edinburgh earlier this year, follows a group of ultra-athletes completing in grueling races.
Sundance Selects will release “Selfish Giant,” a modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s kids’ story of the same name. »
- Gordon Cox
Executive producer Dean Karnazes set a precedent in 2009 by being the first person to complete the Four Desert Ultramarathon Series, running a total of 1000km in the space of a year. Now, every year a diverse and disparate group of motivated daredevils converge on four of the most challenging racecourses on Earth — Chile’s Atacama desert, China’s Gobi desert, Egypt’s Sahara desert and, finally, Antarctica.
Jennifer Steinman’s film follows four participants in the 2010 event, tracking the attempts of British self-defence instructor Tremaine, American ex-baseball player Ricky, Australian law student Samantha and 56 year-old Irish businessman Dave to follow in Dean’s footprints. Each has their own individual reason for competing — Tremaine is running in honour of his late wife; Samantha wants to be the first woman to finish — and all four will face their own individual struggles as they tackle the four 250km races.
As impressive as the »
- Steven Neish
Today, Smush Media, in association with Salty Features and Spoken Media, announces the world premiere of their highly-anticipated documentary Desert Runners at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Directed, produced and edited by award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Steinman (Motherland), Produced by Academy Award-winning Producer Yael Melamede (Inocente, My Architect) and Diana Iles Parker (Eat the Sun), Desert Runners follows a diverse cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the four most difficult ultramarathon races on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, as they push their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. Desert Runners is a glimpse into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph. Jennifer Steinman, Smush Media said:
“This film has been a three-year labour of love, and we are honoured to be premiering in Edinburgh. »
- David Agnew
Smush Media’s ultramarathon documentary to receive its world premiere at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Desert Runners, produced in association with Salty Features and Spoken Media, follows a diverse cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the four toughest ultramarathon races on Earth.
“Desert Runners is about running, but it is also about so much more,” said Steinman.
“It’s an exploration into the perceived limitations that people place upon themselves, and the mind-set necessary for some people to complete ‘impossible’ challenges.”
Melamede’s producer »
7 items from 2013
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