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A funny, thoughtful, controversial, true story investigating the crazy world of running, and why we need to.
A funny, thoughtful, controversial, true story investigating the crazy world of running, and why we need to.
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Just One Step is a feature length documentary that tells the story of why we run, indeed, why we need to run. Involving athletes, doctors, scientists and regular folks, the story takes us to the streets, the track, the woods and the treadmill to expose what it truly is about running that captures us and drives us. 

The film is coming along nicely but we are here on Kickstarter to share the story, expand our team and get us through the end of production to post. We are excited about moving forward with the help of our backers to create a film that is for everybody- about everybody, and the human drive to run. Why make a film about something so seemingly simple? Well...

It all started with a phone call. "A friend of mine and I are running a 100 mile race and we were wondering if you wanted to film it for us." Sure I thought, except I don't really have a week to spare right now. "Oh, well, it's a 26 hour race." Wha? I am sorry, I thought you said 26 hours. "Yeah but we hope to do it in 24." I thought to myself, this I gotta see.

100 Miles in 26 hours. That's ridiculous. No way.  And more importantly, why the heck would you want to? Why would you want to run at all for that matter?  Running hurts.  It makes my lungs feel like they are bleeding and legs feel like they are going  to snap. 

I wasn't sure there was a story here more than woman vs. race.  I jumped on google and quickly realized, this was just the tip of the iceberg.

The running industry is booming. Every day on almost any street and increasingly many trails, you will see feet flying in a pace faster than walking. In groups and individually.  With strollers and dogs. Men and women of all ages and races out for a run. Bumper stickers and tee shirts call attention to races and distances run. Why? What is it about this pastime, this sport that to me feels like some medieval torture from the 8th ring of hell, that is compelling? Why do we humans run? We aren't escaping predators, nor are we running down our next meal. So why?

This is where Just one Step was born.  I was lured into what I thought to be a crazy event, and from there was surrounded by more and more questions.  Questions of free will, evolution and the human condition. I Wanted to know more. What compelled people of all sorts to put their bodies and minds through the act of running.  To see what it was that drove so many of us to open the door and start with just one step.

So with the investigative bug we set forth to discover why we do it. We shot the 100 mile race, we shot in the woods and on the road and on the treadmill.  We have encountered and filmed a cast of real characters, self proclaimed crazies, avid enthusiasts, recoverers, dabblers and chronic movers. It's a story filled with humor, passion, dedication and humility. We even find ourselves mixed up in it. Some names you might recognize appear in the film: Rory Bosio, Sabrina Little, Anna Frost, Karl Meltzer, Scott Jurek, Gary Allen, Mike Westphal to name a few. Others will include Joan Benoit Samuelson, Mark Godale, and in the science world John Ratey, Bernd Heinrich, Martin Matsumura, Chris Miles and more.

And lest you think this will be a film that only runners will understand, let us disabuse you of that notion!  This film will appeal to all. Runners and non-runners alike. The reason this film is so important is because it goes beyond running, and touches on how our minds and bodies work- all of us. Heck, we aren't even runners! Well, we weren't when we started- but that is another story...  We are curious about our fellow humans, and why we do the things we do. The human condition, and the drives we bring to bear in our everyday world. And boy!  Have we found some gold here!

That's why we are here on Kickstarter.  We need your help to finish the film. Money raised here by you will go towards getting us to our final handful of interviews with psychologists, sports medicine practitioners, biologists, humorists, and well known personalities in running. It will help us crack open the shell, and get to the reasons we put ourselves on the street, on the trail and on the track in huge numbers every day- and what may happen if we don't.

I know it seems like that is a lot to get done for not much.  Every bit of funding for the film is precious, and will help us create an amazing film you will be proud to be part of.  This is an incredible film, and the help we get here when you join our team is going to make it all the more so.

We are documentary film makers. We make films about people, and why we do what we do.  We film the passions and the pursuits of people. It's what we do.  And we are good at it.  Both of our previous films 'Ishmael' and 'BlueGreen' were successful and met with rave reviews in the main stream media. BlueGreen was picked up for distribution and is available on Netflix. Both had successful runs in the Film Festival circuit- nationally and internationally.  We are ready to do it again. But we can't do it without your help. We are excited to have you be part of this incredible, fascinating, funny, passionate and thoughtful documentary.

Ben Keller has been shooting and directing documentary films, shows for broadcast and short films for over 15 years. Passion for passion would be a good way to describe him. If something drives somebody in a visceral, deep way, he needs to know why. Ben brings his talent and his experience to every project, and Just One Step is no different. Hours on his belly in the Canadian woods, crouched in the sweltering Brooklyn sun, or dodging lightning strikes in the San Juan mountains is easy for him when the subject is as intriguing as this one. Beautiful footage combined with intriguing stories are hallmarks of Ben's films. Ben brings with him an incredibly talented and seasoned crew. Hardworking camera, sound, producers and general butt kickers that help make his films the solid and beautiful pieces they are.

We will be shooting the remaining interviews October  through December. There will be interstitials and Broll shot during this period of time as well. Edit will be concurrent and final delivery of the film will be sometime May through July of 2016 (barring any unforeseen issues). This is in line with our submittal strategy for the winter film festival circuit. Kickstarter rewards fulfillment will begin at this time.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to look through our project and get the bug. With your help this thought provoking and beautiful film can be finished and brought to the big screen. We are very excited to have you be part of the team that makes Just One Step happen. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

With any film production, especially documentaries, there can be setbacks, a piece of equipment goes down, an interview gets postponed etc. etc. We are planning on a spring/summer release for the film, barring any of these setbacks taking any real amount of time.

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