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The Trails In Motion 4 film festival, supported by Trail Runner, brings a lineup of trail-running films to locations all over the U.S., Canada and the world. So what are the films? Here’s the breakdown, with a few trailers to pique your interest.
A schedule of screenings can be found here.
1. This Is Your Day
Runtime 50 minutes / Directed by Myles Smythe / Produced by Sierra Studio Films Language English Country of origin USA
This Is Your Day follows three unique individuals in one of the most storied 100-mile races in the world, the Western States Endurance Run.
The group consists of top runner and mother Caroline Boller and competitive age-grouper Karl Hoagland, as well as defending champion Rob Krar. But it’s not just about athletes; it’s also about the family, friends and good-natured strangers who volunteer to support these runners.
2. Mile for Mile
Runtime 15 minutes / Directed by James Martin / Produced by Q Media / Language English / Country of origin USA
In “Mile for Mile,” ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight efforts to re-wild and protect the vast landscape.
3. A Journey to Black Mountain
Runtime 14 minutes / Directed by Andrew King / Produced by Go Trail Media / Language English / Country of origin South Africa
Accomplished American ultrarunner Scott Jaime travels to South Africa for a trail running adventure through the heart of iconic Swartberg Mountains. During his journey, he reflects on why he runs and what can be done to simplify his own state of being.
4. Nuevos Pasos
Runtime 7 minutes / Directed by Maxime Tornier / Produced by Outdoor Live / Language Spanish, with English subtitles / Country of origin France
At 4 a.m., 8,000 feet up in the Italian Alps, Luis Alberto Hernando has been running for 10 hours. He feels dizzy and is thinking about sitting down when he remembers his friends and family waiting for him 50 miles later. This film follows a dedicated runner as he pushes through the unique challenge of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.
5. The Last Time I Heard True Silence
Runtime 22 minutes / Directed by Tim O’Donnell / Produced by Pixella Pictura / Language English / Country of origin USA
Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marines in Iraq when his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck, leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.
When Noah returned home, he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job and relationship problems. After three years he was desperate for a change. He decided to get sober, and started running in his local woods.
In this video, Noah, now a father and husband, enters a 50-mile wilderness race, having completing only one marathon.
6. Shandi Kano: Be Bold
Runtime 3 minutes / Directed by Nate Gunn / Produced by Nate Gunn / Language English / Country of origin USA
After the pressures of competitive running and the stress of witnessing the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, a runner retreats to the mountains to figure things out.
7. Krogers Canteen
Runtime 7 minutes / Directed by Dean Leslie / Produced by The African Attachment / Language English / Country of origin South Africa
In 2014, on his way to winning the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Kilian Jornet stopped at Kroger’s Canteen, an aid station perched on a tiny ledge 13,100 feet above sea level. This is the story of that aid station and the people who make it happen.