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From open heart surgery to Ironman athletes, the journey these cardiac patients are taking to tell their story and inspire others. Read more

Seattle, WA Documentary
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From open heart surgery to Ironman athletes, the journey these cardiac patients are taking to tell their story and inspire others.

Seattle, WA Documentary
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What happens when you take complicated cardiac patients, who have faced death head on, and put them at the starting line of the world’s toughest endurance race?

They know rock bottom. They’ve been beaten down, chewed up and spit out. Their bodies have ached from doctors ripping open their chest. Their scars are a constant reminder that they were once weak and frail. These individuals have something to prove. To their family, their community, their doctors, and most importantly to themselves.

Follow David Watkins as he brings together individuals that clearly break the mold in what defines athletes. They will spend a year training and preparing to meet pain and suffering like never before. Coming from all corners of the country, they will meet together at the starting line to the rest of their lives. Eight athletes. One goal. Making it to the finish line of an Ironman, a 140.6 mile endurance race that will test their minds, bodies, and most importantly, their hearts.

From flat lining on the operating table to their first steps, then their first day of training. You will soon learn that, with a strong mind, and a healthy amount of determination, you can accomplish the impossible. Learn what it means to have heart… an Ironheart.

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  • This is a first time documentary production for Dave Watkins and his crew. All are open heart patients or related to one and they are all motivated to create this documentary to raise awareness for heart disease.

    Adam Knight is the Director of Cinematography, Ellen Charnley, Director of Finance and Leanne Johnson, Director of Marketing. They have all been through one or more open heart surgeries. Donald Bowman is the Producer and is married to Ellen. While they have limited experience making a documentary they are all highly talented executives and are driven to create this documentary as a labor of love.

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  • All of the cast members have also had open heart surgery and they include, Jim Oldfield, Patrick Hight, Jeremy Woodward, Ryan Leong and Dave Watkins, Ellen Charnley and Adam Knight from the crew. You can learn much more about each of them at our website, www.flatlinetofinishline.com or on our Facebook page.

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