About this project
This summer Richmonder Zoë Romano will become the first person ever to RUN the route of the Tour de France. Zoë is such an inspiring person with a really exciting adventure laying in front of her - her story not only deserves to be documented, it needs to be!
On May 18, Zoë will set out on a 9-week trek, beginning in Nice and logging 30-35 miles a day until she reaches the finish in Paris on July 20 (one day ahead of the cyclists). That’s right-- more than a marathon every day for 64 days.
I will accompany her to France and produce a full-length documentary about her journey.
Beyond capturing the adventure and the beauty of France's landscape (e.g. Alps, Pyrenees, Brittany Coast), I want to discover and share not only Zoë's physical but also mental state during the run. Woven throughout the film will be side stories of local French people and culture, as well as History of the Tour de France, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer.
Zoë and I previously worked together on “Street Dreams,” an award-winning short documentary which I created about Zoë’s run across the United States in 2011. (Video below)
FACTS ABOUT THE RUN
- Saturday, May 18 — Zoë starts running in Nice
- Saturday, June 29 — Le Tour de France Grands Départs in Corsica
- Saturday, July 20 — Zoë finishes in Paris
- Sunday, July 21 — Tour champion and peloton finish in Paris
Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
Considering the nature of documentaries, it is difficult to predict what is going to happen during Zoë's run through France and I will let the circumstances in France influence the film content. This to me definitely is a challenge, but that is exactly what I like about documentary film making - you never know what is going to happen. I will just tell the true story, no matter what will happen.
Another risk might be the delay of the finishing of the film. I will do anything I can to deliver the film in time, but I always prefer quality over time, so I hope everybody will understand if the film might be released later than December 2013.
We all know about the tragedy that occurred on Monday at the finish line of The Boston Marathon. This sad moment was a reminder to me of the need for hope in our world and the importance of perseverance in the face of difficulty. Even though it is hard to move forward, doing it with a goal in mind that focuses on the good things in life and knowing that Zoe and my next film is doing exactly this - Spreading the word of hope and help!
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