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Heart Flatline to Finish Line is the raw and emotional journey of six cardiac patients from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world's most grueling endurance events, the Ironman triathlon.
"I've never dropped out of any race I've started." These confident words begin our documentary and illustrate Joan Benoit-Samuelson's devotion and passion as she strides into her fifth decade as a marathon athlete. This quote also sets up the drama and conflicted nature of an aging athlete pushing the limits in one of the most demanding sports of all. Her story is an exciting message of human potential, beating long odds and sustaining healthy philosophies for the planet and the human "race". During her inspiring career as a long distance runner Joanie (as she is affectionately called) has overcome a plethora of injuries and setbacks that would discourage most from ever continuing on. Now into her fifties she has taken her commitments beyond running onto a path of community outreach and environmental stewardship. Our documentary explores the life of Joan Benoit Samuelson — a passionate yet humble hero of our times. It chronicles the impact of family and place on Joan as a young girl, tracks the competitive spirit of an Olympic champion, and depicts her evolution into a shining beacon for environmental advocacy. Inset within the film are the historic moments of her improbable 1984 Olympic Gold Medal, told by those who witnessed it. The story goes on to tell of the thrilling Boston Marathon victories and her trail to multiple women's marathon records. It depicts Nike's role in changing the perception of female running potential- making possible Joan's achievements, breaking barriers and inspiring women thereafter. But the heart of the film follows Joan as she runs the inspirational trails in her hometown state of Maine, and follows her to a finish at the 2010 Chicago Marathon the site of her world record victory 25 years ago At the age of 53, Samuelson ran a 2:47:50, becoming the fastest American woman in the marathon in the 50-54 age group. She missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials by less than two minutes. She then went on to the San Francisco Women's Marathon where 20,000 women celebrate Joanie's legacy. Can she hang her running shoes up or is she driven to go the distance again. The Boston Marathon looms and a crack at her fifth Olympic Trials! In the end there is no end... proving whenever and however her competitive career ends- Joan will be an inspirational beacon to follow.
In a small village near Paris, 14-year-old boys and girls enter the training center for future lads and jockeys. For these young pupils, the transition between the family environment and this new world is brutal. Though sharing the world of teenagers — flirting, cell phones and PlayStation — they enter a world where the comfort of the horses comes before that of the human.
From the director of ‘THE SECRET’ comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, this film — which ties into a book of the same name — presents fascinating evidence that your heart is much more than a physical organ… and that it can actually transform your views of money, health, relationships, and success. This film is an experience that will lead you to uncover... and rediscover... the treasure in your chest.
From Fat To Finish Line follows the inspiring journey of 12 formerly obese people that team up to run a 200 mile Ragnar Relay Race from Miami to Key West, FL. Once virtual strangers the team bonds through the ups and downs of weight loss and the challenges of running. The film examines the trials, obstacles and triumphs that occur when tackling big goals like losing weight and reaching for victories like crossing finish lines.
Root for Charles, John and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them they can't get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. Charles, John and Garnet decide to take on their diseases by drastically changing their diets. We all know making resolutions is easy; sticking to them is the hard part. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, CHOW DOWN is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life.
A mosaic of vignettes about the everyday struggles of those who work and live in the borderlands separating Mexico and America. Purgatorio is a surreal journey through this stark, other-worldly no-man’s-land. Women dressed as angels walk the streets, urging people to seek God, while many look for salvation elsewhere: drugs, crime or across the border in the fabled land of hope. Border politics meets the poetic in this provocative portrayal of the brutal beauty that is the US-Mexico border.
Brothers On The Line explores the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers -- Walter, Roy, and Victor -- union organizers whose unshakeable devotion led an army of workers into an epic human rights struggle. At the height of the Great Depression, the Reuthers are among a small band of trade unionists that take a stand against oppressive working conditions in the auto factories of Detroit and Flint, MI. Their bold work stoppages and coordinated sit-down strikes, facing intimidation and physical violence at the hand of company thugs, shatter a status quo of greed and discrimination. The rise of the United Auto Workers union and their hard-fought contract settlements result in unprecedented quality-of-life gains, provide a voice on the job, and contribute to lifting millions of workers to a middle-class living. As UAW President for nearly 3 decades, Walter is a skilled negotiator and orator, with his brothers as advisors on community, legislative, and international affairs. The Kennedy and Johnson administrations frequently seek their counsel and the union's resources support Dr. King and the burgeoning civil rights movement. On the opposite side of this impassioned battle, a devious web of adversaries -- corrupt company officials, organized crime, and conservative lawmakers -- are threatened by the ambitious Reuther brothers and determined to silence them. Assassination attempts shake the family to its core. With increasing power and influence on the national stage, the incendiary trio face heart-wrenching consequences at the crossroads of their political loyalty and militant rank-and-file roots. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Brothers On The Line is a stirring personal story of sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. The odyssey of the Reuther brothers is a microcosm of the American experience that resonates far beyond their era, from the automaker bailout and Detroit bankruptcy to debates over national healthcare, efforts to rebuild the middle-class, and the Occupy movement.
After 20 years of silence, former state champion surfer David Wakefield feels ready to reveal a secret that could turn his life upside down. He is gay. At the same time, on the other side of the world, Thomas Castets is setting up the world’s first online community for gay surfers. The two meet and for the first time David connects with someone who understands the burden he has carried for so long. Thomas encourages David to confront his fears of rejection and David comes out at the Sydney Mardi Gras parade, receiving some unexpected media attention. Despite mixed reactions from friends and family, David is determined to find out why homosexuality is so hidden in surfing. He quits his job, packs up his house and joins Thomas on a global journey to bring understanding to this taboo topic.
A deadly forest fire tears through the heart of Israel, critically endangering the city of Haifa, and stretching the country's fire service to its absolute limit. To the surprise of many, the Palestinian Civil Defense offers to join the international effort to suppress the blaze. Fire Lines tells the story of the Palestinian and Israeli firefighters who set politics and history aside in order to join forces to battle Israel's worst natural disaster - the Carmel fire of 2010.