ShAFF2018: Run Films 1 @ Cinema Truck 12A

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This film was last shown on 11 March 2018

Why I Run - 3min

Every month I visit the Lake District to spend a day running in the hills. It's good for the body, good for the head, good for the soul. I film the run and chat to myself about whatever feels important that day. This month: why I run (and why I think you should do too).

Eoin Keith : Ultra Runner - 5min

Eoin Keith is one of Ireland's leading ultra runners. In April 2017 he set out to beat Mimi Anderson's long standing record of the fastest timed record of running the length of Ireland. Eoin was to run from the bottom of Ireland (Mizen Head) to the top of Ireland (Malin Head). He would have to brave difficult weather conditions and beat what was already a daunting record. This film explores the psyche of this incredible athlete and the support team who would be there with him until the very end.

Feel The Burn - 12min

In a place that has a reputation for decadence and discomfort, a little known ultra marathon is attracting hundreds of runners to experience its one of a kind environment of art, music, and nature.

Kilian - 15min

Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn't consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run in a single day the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77km route with 9000m of elevation gain.

Trailpike - 12min

We identify as runners, but in doing so, we must fully accept the reality of what that means.

There will be hard miles, and the miles that fly: we will savour success, sweet with celebration and the days when tired mind and broken body refuse to countenance our dreams. To be a runner is to be all of this.

So when we stand at the start of a big run, we accept the possibility of all results, from triumph to abject failure, yet must still have the strength to take that first step.

And to take that opening step of any one of the three named rounds of Lake District felllunning, the Joss Naylor Challenge, the Bob Graham Round, and the Gerry Charnley Round? This is truly to dance with jeopardy. Run them on your day and they will offer the peak experience that is soul-food for the endurance athlete, but if it's not your day then they offer a fast track to very dark place. And once you are in that dark place? The only return is to call on all of your belief, your experience and the ability to draw inspiration from everything that first defined you 'runner'.

Breaking 60 | Challenging the Imposible - 45min

Breaking 60 is a documentary about the 2017 Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge, a fatass trail running event where there are no race fees, no prizes, no medals, no pats on the back for being super awesome. Just a bunch of slightly left field individuals trying to run all four of Hong Kong's ultra trails - totalling 298km - non stop, unsupported and in less than 60 hours. Each year a small group of runners are hand selected and Breaking 60 explores the personal challenges facing 4 of them. Since its inception, nobody has ever gone sub 60.

The HK4TUC is a unique personal challenge that requires a significant level of self sufficiency, strong determination, willingness to dig deep and suffer and it is a journey of self discovery over three days and (in most cases) three nights. The HK4TUC attracts unique individuals that are not interested in the increasing commercialism of ultrarunning races as there are no medals, prizes or rankings. The focus instead is on the challenge itself, the challenge to physically and, more importantly, mentally go to places the individual has not gone before. This is only for people who love pain and suffering and get a thrill out of attempting something that they deem impossible and they expect most likely to completely fail at. That's the reason why this Challenge was founded in 2012. Given the distance and elevation change involved, this event is targeted at the experienced trail running enthusiast. This is a very hard event and it challenges your strategy and self-pacing, and not necessarily just raw fitness. The idea is for this to be a community-driven, non-commercial, no-frills challenge. Breaking 60 beautifully documents this journey of four participants in the challenge.

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