More Chilean Than Beans
More Chilean Than Beans
A film about a Brooklyn based photographer who runs a self supported ultramarathon in the driest desert on earth.
A film about a Brooklyn based photographer who runs a self supported ultramarathon in the driest desert on earth. Read more
About this project
“More Chilean than Beans” is a documentary that traces the journey of photographer Zandy Mangold from Brooklyn, NY to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. He plans to run over 250km in a seven day self-supported ultramarathon through the Atacama Desert in Chile. Little Zandy first visited San Pedro De Atacama with his family in 1985 when Chile was still ruled by the dictator General Agosto Pinochet and San Pedro was little more than a one road desert oasis. His Chilean father Tomas, who once worked in the desert mines of northern Chile, is returning for the first time in over 25 years to support his son and reconnect with a land he once knew.
This spring Racing The Planet (www.racingtheplanet.com) will host an ultramarathon in the Atacama Crossing as part of the organization's Four Desert Series- with annual races taking place in the Sahara desert in Egypt, the Gobi Desert in China and Antarctica. 178 participants from around the globe will compete in this year’s Atacama Crossing.
What do humans seek to accomplish by running an ultramarathon? What could motivate a person to subject themselves to this physical and mental challenge? How do their families, friends and significant others feel about their decision? What are the health risks involved? What do they experience along the journey? Who do they meet? Are runners competing with each other or themselves?
"More Chilean than Beans" seeks to provide insight into these questions. Mangold's Challenge is running the race. Our Challenge is figuring out how to make sharing this story a possibility.
To accomplish this we need to fundraise enough money before the race begins in the Atacama Desert on March 4th, 2012!
We appreciate all your support and generosity in making this project a reality.
More Chilean than Beans Trailer was directed, filmed, and edited by Sapna Shah.
The minimum amount we need to even get to Chile to film Zandy running the race is $16,000.00. This is simply the production costs involved: equipment, travel, entry fee as media in the race (a $3,000/ person fee.) Filming in the desert requires a lot of work and access to vehicles, medical care, and a place to sleep!
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