ShAFF 2019: Run Films 2 15
From the archive
This film was last shown on 23 March 2019
A selection of the best running films from the last year. Part of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2019 (ShAFF 2019). 100+ of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films over one weekend in the UK's Outdoor Capital City.
A Mile an Hour - 17 minutes
Packing on the pounds after writing a PhD, Beau’s running again. He’s also back in the shed; fixing stuff, making things, tinkering. For most of us, running was once a form of survival, hunting- or being hunted. Now, it can be as meaningful, or meaningless, than any other aspect of life. Running for Beau is practical- it gets him places, yet like a lot of runners, it's deeply embodied. He defines himself by where his feet take him, thinking about his other forms of life as he runs. Combining a need to get rid of the gut, to run again, and spend some quality time in the shed, Beau will run a mile an hour around his perfectly mile-long block. In between he’ll do as much as possible, likely becoming the fullest, meaningful, most trivial day of Beau’s life.
For The Love Of Mary - 6 minutes
Kirk first met George during the filming of his senior thesis at Middlebury College. The film, surrounding senior citizen runners, led him to the “New England Legend” that was George Etzweiler. After seeing the film, Simon contacted Kirk, and the two agreed that George’s story was one that had to be told to a wider audience. The two filmmakers, formerly player and coach on the Men’s Soccer Team at Middlebury, chased George up Mt. Washington during the race’s 2017 competition, and then followed him around State College, PA for a day in September. His quips and stories will stay with them long after the film stops circulating. NOTE – George just recently completed the 2018 Mt. Washington Road Race, beating his 2017 time by a full minute, at the impressive age of 98!
PĂOBÙ - 6 minutes
Running is currently one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in China. Six years ago trail running was almost unheard of. Now there are hundreds of trail races every year. With this new found interest in outdoor sports, it seems as if trail running could serve as a bridge for a new generation of young Chinese as they reconnect with their wild spaces.
Sacred Strides - 12 minutes
Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet, and learn about why this land is so important to them.
Takayna - 37 minutes
Takayna / Tarkine in north western Tasmania is home to one of the last tracts of old-growth rainforest in the world, yet it’s currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. This documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last wild places.