A Kenyan runner travels to Los Angeles to compete in her first professional marathon, where losing will cost her more than the race.
R U N F A S T
Written & Directed by ANNA MUSSO
Executive Produced by ALEXANDER PAYNE
RUN FAST tells the story of Vivian, a Kenyan runner who travels to Los Angeles to compete in her first professional marathon. Her sponsor, Peter, himself an aging former runner, watches his long-shot protege demonstrate tremendous potential in her first race. As he prepares to take their partnership to the next level, Vivian confronts him with the realities awaiting her back in Kenya. Kindred spirits hailing from very different worlds, these two must coexist to harness her potential or risk losing everything.
A N N A, W H Y T H I S S T O R Y?
Vivian represents many of the unseen obstacles that women across the world face every single day. Women who match challenges at every turn with grace, wit and strength. By backing me, you are helping to create a film designed to inspire audiences around the world. I love cinema's ability to raise awareness while telling an entertaining story; RUN FAST is a film aiming to do both.
Y O U D O N ' T S T A R T R A C I N G ' T I L M I L E 1 6
We’ve hit our initial goal and I am beyond grateful!
As they say about running the marathon, you don’t start racing until you hit the 16th mile. That’s us, now, and so we truly need your help more than ever.
Hitting our initial goal in a breathtaking 4 days is just the start. Keep running with us because we now have the potential to go all the way.
Backing us at this point means things like permitting amazing locations like the LA Marathon and the LAX airport, allowing us expand the cinematic scope of the film, and even feeding our hard working crew hot meals. It’s truly all the difference in the world as we set our sights higher.
To everyone backing RUN FAST and helping to spread our message, you’ve done my heart good and I am nearly speechless --- yes, for those of you who know me, you know that’s almost impossible!
This amazing accomplishment is just the beginning for our film. We believe we have the potential to share a story worth telling and we want to honor everyone’s contribution by doing it in the absolute strongest way possible.
We can’t stop. Backing us now means you help us RUN FAST across that finish line. Like setting out for a long run, sometimes your dreams need to push you farther than you ever thought possible. Can we get to $20,000? With your help, anything is possible.
Thank you for believing in our film and our team.
W H Y S H O U L D I B A C K R U N F A S T?
I'm a filmmaker a with a vision, but I can’t make this film without your help. I’ve worked diligently on the script for over a year with Alexander Payne's guidance and assembled the best crew out there. I am experienced at shooting a film with absolute economy, but in order to make RUN FAST truly extraordinary, I need the support of the people who believe in me. And I think we have some pretty special rewards to thank you for your commitment.
To honor your contribution I vow to eat, sleep and breathe RUN FAST until we have a film we are all extremely proud to have created.
A B O U T T H E F I L M M A K E R
Writer & Director. ANNA MUSSO, a native of Jefferson Park, Chicago, earned a BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts. She works for filmmaker Alexander Payne at his production company Ad Hominem. L TRAIN, her first solo directorial work was accepted to The Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the 2012 Women In Film Award. L TRAIN went on to play in festivals all over the world, winning numerous awards and qualifying for Oscar consideration.
L T R A I N
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P R E - V I S U A L I Z A T I O N
Anna enjoys a long time collaboration with a great Hollywood storyboard artist, Daniel Hartney. Together, their pre-visualization helps demonstrate the look and tone of the film and ensures that our entire creative team is most efficiently working towards a unified vision. Below are just a few examples of Daniel's work.
R U N F A S T W I T H U S (How do I become a backer?)
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M A N Y W A Y S T O S U P P O R T
We realize not everyone who loves the film will be able to contribute financially and we don't want to exclude you from the fun! It's tremendously helpful to help to spread the word about RUN FAST to your friends and family.
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T H E T E A M
Some of the other All-Stars on our team:
Executive Producer. ALEXANDER PAYNE grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He later studied History and Spanish Literature at Stanford University before earning an MFA in Film Directing at UCLA. His first two feature films were the comedies Citizen Ruth (1996) and Election (1999). About Schmidt premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Both Sideways (2004) and The Descendants (2011) won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Producer. ADAM WAGNER is currently the Director of Development at Ad Hominem Enterprises, where he works alongside Academy Award nominated producer Jim Burke. Prior to Ad Hominem, Adam worked at Miramax Films. He graduated with an MFA from USC's Peter Stark Producing Program, and holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Adam was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.
Producer. PETE SESTINA is an award winning writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Pete graduated from Syracuse University and has been working in film production since 2006. Past projects have gone on to win the 2013 Webby Award for best writing and screen at multiple Academy Award qualifying film festivals.
Production Designer. JON BUSH has led Set Decoration departments on films such as PAIN & GAIN, THE LAST SAMURAI, OUT OF SIGHT, NEBRASKA and TRANSFORMERS 4. His long film career has taken him far from his native Texas to work around the world with many of film's most respected and honored artists. Jon brings creativity, experience and a plaid shirt to every set.
Costume Designer. ADAM CRANSTON GIRARDET has been working in the design and costume field for film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway in New York for over 14 years. His design credits include both costume and production design for various indie films, theatrical productions and commercials. His Broadway costuming credits include THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, EVITA and many others.
Casting Director. YESI RAMIREZ has worked on the casting teams for Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA, THE WATCH, 21 JUMP STREET, LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, DEFIANCE, BLOOD DIAMOND and many others. Yesi cast several independent films including Expecting (f/k/a Gus), which premiered at SXSW in 2013. Most recently Yesi has partnered with Joanna Colbert on Helen Hunt’s sophomore directorial film RIDE and they're currently collaborating on several other independent films.
Editor. MINDY ELLIOT edited Michie Gleason’s THE ISLAND OF THE MAPMAKER’S WIFE and GAHAN WILSON: BORN DEAD, STILL WEIRD, which she also co-produced. Her credits also include assisting Kevin Tent, A.C.E. on Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA and THE DESCENDANTS. Mindy’s television work includes HOUSE OF LIES, GIRLS, and UGLY BETTY. A native Oregonian, Mindy did her undergraduate work at Willamette University and earned her Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Director of Photography. AVA BERKOFSKY has shot projects that have screened at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Toronto, and Telluride, as well as The Whitney Museum and on numerous TV networks. Recent projects include the award-winning SEQUIN RAZE, and the feature film FLOOD TIDE. She was born in the UK and raised in California. She holds an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute.
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TURNING DIFFICULTY INTO OPPORTUNITY
Making a short film about a Kenyan runner on a very small budget and aspiring to shoot at the Los Angeles Marathon is the epitome of a challenge.
We’re embracing these hurdles because we believe Vivian's story is worth telling and can inspire and move audiences all around our world.
Our limited budget means all of the great film artists working on RUN FAST are doing so for little or no pay. They believe in the film and in ensuring that every dollar we raise ends up on the screen.
Our intent is to finish the film in the Fall of 2014 in order to play film festivals in 2015, with the goal of premiering at Sundance. We want RUN FAST to play in the greatest festivals and venues all over the world and will work tirelessly to accomplish that goal. RUN FAST is also a story we hope to expand into a feature film and your support helps us move a step closer to that goal, too.
All rewards will be sent out as soon as possible. We hope to ship prior to the January 2015 date specified here, but we know the best way to honor your contribution is by making the best film possible, so that will be our focus in March 2014.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD?
One of the rules many festivals and awards platforms require is the film to not be available online before they screen it. We want to honor everyone’s contribution by being sure the film is eligible for any and all awards and opportunities. As soon as we can, we promise we'll get you a copy of RUN FAST as a small token of our gratitude for your help in getting this film made.
The film business can be an unpredictable place. If something arises that compromises our proposed plan in relation to your support/reward we definitely promise to work in good faith to come up with a suitable substitution that makes everyone happy.
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