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"Trailer alone gives me chills." -- Andrew Bumbalough, Nike athlete
"Some stories NEED to be told. This is one." -- Chris Bennett, CBA (NJ) coach
"This looks like a fantastic film." -- Dennis Barker, Team USA Minnesota coach
"For the real fans who want more." -- Michel Boeting, one4onesports
"[The] preview of the film... will put your nerves on end." -- George Brose, Once Upon a Time in the Vest
It appeared to be the twilight of Britain’s influence in the world. London bore scars from World War II bombing, while morale across the country remained low with wartime rationing still in place.
Then, in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II took the throne to great fanfare. A year later, Sir Edmund Hilary conquered Everest. Suddenly, the United Kingdom seemed on the verge of a new Elizabethan golden age. Against this backdrop, Oxford medical student Roger Bannister made plans to become the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.
On the 60th anniversary of the feat named "the greatest sporting achievement of the 20th Century" by Forbes and Sports Illustrated magazines, our documentary, BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK, explores the auspicious moment in history when Bannister broke through. To date, fewer people have run a sub-4:00 mile than have climbed the world’s highest peak, and Bannister led the way into a new era in stratospheric athletic achievement... at a time when his country needed it most.
Sir Roger Bannister – first person under 4:00 for the mile
Sir Chris Chataway – Bannister’s friend and pacemaker
John Landy – second person under 4:00 for the mile
Derek Ibbotson – third mile WR holder under 4:00
Lord Sebastian Coe – former mile WR holder, chair London2012
Steve Cram – former mile WR holder, 4th-fastest all-time
Peter Elliott – Olympic silver medalist, 1500m
Dave Moorcroft – chief executive emeritus, UK Athletics
Tim Hutchings – athletics commentator for NBC, ESPN and BBC
David Epstein – author, NY Times bestseller The Sports Gene
Hugh Brasher – son of pacer Chris Brasher; director, London Marathon
Pat Butcher – author, The Perfect Distance
Neil Wilson – Olympic correspondent, The Daily Mail
ALL backers, at every level, will get access to exclusive backer-only content including clips from the film, a gallery of archival images collected for the film, and behind-the-scenes production photos. Tier-specific rewards include:
- video-on-demand stream + digital download
- DVDs of the documentary including special features + deleted scenes
- commemorative 3:59.4 stopwatch magnets
- special-edition shirts by Homage, inspired by BANNISTER
- screenprints of the movie's poster
- "sneak-peek" pre-release VOD streams
- a Thank You in the documentary's credits
- production photo booklets inc. 1950's athletics memorabilia
- replica "AAA" singlets hand-made for use in the film
- vintage-style leather track spikes, fabricated for use on-screen
- a set of fine-art screenprints depicting 6 May 1954
- producing credit in the film
- opportunity to view rough cuts as the project evolves
Bannister's achievement is more than a mere race or world record. "Sir Roger" grew up during a "bleak" time of "grey grimness" in British history, after having World War II turn his childhood upside-down. Yet, from a young age, Bannister set his mind on greatness and overcame obstacle after obstacle to achieve something that had been called physically impossible.
During a previous interview in 2012, we were immediately struck by how much more difficult Bannister's feat had been than we previously imagined. As lovers of athletics and history, we felt that the sixtieth anniversary of that first "sub-4" would be the perfect time to explore the untold story of Bannister, World War II, and the Four-Minute Mile. A feature-length documentary seemed like the ideal format for bringing that story to an audience, and the idea for BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK was born.
For two years we have been collecting interviews with primary sources, athletics journalists, and former mile record holders, with the intention of compiling a definitive account of this landmark moment in human history. Now, we seek audience support in order to complete the post-production process to the level that this story-for-the-ages deserves.
We hope that strong community support will enable us to create a lasting film that can continue to inspire humans for generations to come.
Risks and challenges
The 60th anniversary of the sub-4:00 mile is a noteworthy landmark, but it also means that Bannister’s story is now sixty years old, and that a primary and fundamental challenge will be ensuring a fresh and engaging take on this material. However, we are confident that our interviews collectively represent a more in-depth exploration than has ever been undertaken on this topic. Moreover, we are illustrating our story using rich archival materials and stylish, atmospheric specialty footage that will bring this story to life in a beautiful and dramatic way.
Once funded, the primary challenge will be identifying the right talented people to bring aboard... and to complete the post-production in time to release while interest in the 60th Anniversary is still ramping up, as May 6, 2014 approaches. With years of production experience, we are confident in meeting those challenges... and a strong Kickstarter campaign will enable us to choose the best post-production specialists possible.
Lastly, our goal is not simply to cross the finish line and complete the film: we want to create a striking and timeless documentary that will reach people via media partnerships and acceptance into film festivals. While we have experience placing media projects with a number of terrific outlets, there is never any guarantee that we will find mutual interest. Having the funds to make a bright and shiny, well-polished film will help... but we also turned to Kickstarter to prove community support and show potential media partners that there is an large and passionate audience for this story!
*** Given our intention to secure the widest release possible for the finished documentary, the delivery of the download and stream portions of the rewards may be contingent on a potential media partner's rights requirements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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