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A film about a Brooklyn based photographer who runs a self supported ultramarathon in the driest desert on earth.

“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 brings 178 participants here to run over 250 km in 7 days?

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.

For more info check out: www.morechileanthanbeans.wordpress.com  www.zandymangoldnyc.com             www.4deserts.com     and     http://www.eleutheranews.com/local/1971.html

More Chilean than Beans Trailer was directed, filmed, and edited by Sapna Shah.  

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  • 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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    Every dollar counts towards creating a spectacular film.  You will be a part of making this project a success and we couldn’t make it happen without you. Thank You for your support.  You have our sincere gratitude!

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    Your name will be listed on our Special Thank You shout out on our blog.

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    1 postcard from the 2012 Atacama Race in Chile photographed by Zandy Mangold and sent by Sapna.

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    5 postcards from the 2012 Atacama Race in Chile photographed by Zandy Mangold and sent by Sapna :)

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    What do you pack when you’re heading out to run in the middle of a desert for 7 days? Surprisingly, you pack one pair, maybe two pairs, of ExOfficio underwear.  To start preparing for your own backcountry adventures or ultramarathon race - we’ll send you your first pair! :) Make sure you let us know your size! 

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    Your choice of one signed limited edition 16 x 20 framable print from Zandy Mangold’s music photo collection which include photos of Ray Charles, The National, Pearl Jam, U2, etc. (You can individually select your photo from: www.zandymangoldnyc.com)

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    One 16 x 20 signed limited edition framable print from the 2011 Ultramarathon Race in the Atacama Desert, Chile by Zandy Mangold AND a pair of ExOfficio underwear as detailed in the $200 pledge section. 

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    A collection of three 16 x 20 signed limited edition framable prints from the Atacama Desert Ultramarathon Race in 2011 photographed by Zandy Mangold.  

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    A Special Thanks credit in the film, a custom engraved medal, a collection of three 16 x 20 signed limited edition framable prints of the 2011 Atacama Desert Ultramarathon.  Ok - I know you want your own pair of ExOfficio underwear, so we’ll make sure to pack a pair of those in as well :) 

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    A Special Thanks credit in the the film and an opportunity to have drinks and dinner with cast and crew in Brooklyn, NY to hear stories about the race up close and personal. Three 2011 Atacama Desert prints, a custom engraved medal, and pair of underwear are included. (Does not include travel or accommodations.)

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