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Marco GazzelloniBy Marco Gazzelloni
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Marco GazzelloniBy Marco Gazzelloni
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WHAT ARE WE PLANNING TO DO? 

We plan to make the feature length documentary film version of I Run On, our short pilot film that featured alongside the European cinema release of multiple award winning documentary Skid Row Marathon http://skidrowmarathon.com. You can watch I Run On here on our Kickstarter page. Our feature length film will further explore the transformative power of running within today’s society. 


WATCH OUR PILOT SHORT FILM 'I RUN ON' BELOW

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Throughout the making of I Run On, we were blown away by the impact that running can have on a person’s mental health and the inspirational individual stories behind this. So much so that we want to raise awareness of how running and the things that surround it can benefit a person’s mental health from the extreme to the everyday. We will uncover powerful human stories from around the world that reveal the impact that the simple primal act of putting one foot in front of the other has had across different aspects of everyday life.

Alex believes he would be dead if it wasn't for running, for him, it's a coping mechanism for mental health issues.
Alex believes he would be dead if it wasn't for running, for him, it's a coping mechanism for mental health issues.
Zamzam, a Somalian refugee who featured in I Run On,  found hope and a better life through running.
Zamzam, a Somalian refugee who featured in I Run On, found hope and a better life through running.

WHY DO WE CARE?

Mental health problems are a growing public health concern all around the world and are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide¹

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem²

From anxiety and depression to PTSD, mental health issues go far and wide and we want shine a spotlight on how running can potentially help improve your mental health. 


WHO AND WHAT WILL BE IN THE FEATURE LENGTH FILM?

We are working with a number of individuals from the pilot film as well as several others at a global level covering the USA, Europe and Asia. 

We will capture the in depth personal stories of those making a difference and the people they are inspiring through their journeys. The majority of the participants will remain confidential at this stage as many of them are at the start of their journey. We are also sensitive to the need to preserve the authentic nature of this documentary from the start, as well as being fair to those who are willing to open up their lives to us.  

Danny Bent is making a large impact globally, uniting communities & bringing people together through running.
Danny Bent is making a large impact globally, uniting communities & bringing people together through running.
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of parkrun, has seen the staggering worldwide growth of these free, weekly, timed events, organised by local volunteers. Every week, Paul hears how lives have changed through people extending their lives to the local community through running.
Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of parkrun, has seen the staggering worldwide growth of these free, weekly, timed events, organised by local volunteers. Every week, Paul hears how lives have changed through people extending their lives to the local community through running.
PTSD is a big issue for military veterans especially in the USA, with a reported 20 suicides a day.  We will explore running as a coping mechanism for those US veterans suffering with PTSD and see some inspirational individuals helping to support the veteran community through running. Image from NorthcentralPA.com
PTSD is a big issue for military veterans especially in the USA, with a reported 20 suicides a day. We will explore running as a coping mechanism for those US veterans suffering with PTSD and see some inspirational individuals helping to support the veteran community through running. Image from NorthcentralPA.com

We can reveal that there will be a variety of different perspectives including:

  • US military veterans who are using running as a coping mechanism for PTSD covering those who have struggled and returned from the brink of suicide to help and inspire other veterans who find themselves in a similar situation 
  • Young homeless individuals suffering from depression and addiction who take part in structured running programmes in the USA and Europe to turn their lives around
  • Socially isolated individuals who are connecting with others and discovering new relationships through regular community running  
  • Local communities from the USA, Europe and Asia that will unite and come together for a unique running relay and raise money for the very type of individuals that will feature in our documentary    

In addition to the personal stories, we will also explore the link between running and mental health with leading global experts within this area, from research pioneers to mental health and exercise gurus.     

WHAT'S OUR PLAN?

  • Pre-production is already underway (started summer 2018)
  • Production begins in April 2019 (subject to achieving funding)
  • Shooting for the majority of 2019 over a 9 month period 
  • A final edit will be completed by early 2020, we're aiming for March 2020 but it will be earlier if stretch target is met

WHAT WILL THE FUNDING COVER?

As a production company, we are funding:

  • All pre-production
  • Director’s time
  • All post production - editing, grading, mixing etc.
  • All camera equipment 

Kickstarter Target: £35,000

The Kickstarter funding will cover Camera and Sound crew costs, core crew transport, accommodation & sustenance covering multiple shoot days. The documentary will combine self shot content with footage captured by our core 4 person crew - Director, Producer, Camera & Sound.  

Locations include:

  • USA including locations within Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Colorado
  • UK including several locations within Scotland and England 

Stretch target 1: £45,000

Stretch target 1 would allow us to include participants from Australia within the documentary and cover the addition shoot days 

Stretch target 2: £55,000

Stretch target 2 would allow us to:

  •  Complete the post production process quicker than planned and have a final edit by January 2020
  • It would also allow us to have a dedicated interactive website for the film 

WHO ARE WE AND WHY DO WE CARE?

Producer, Marco Gazzelloni, is a passionate runner and video production company owner who brought the multiple award winning documentary, Skid Row Marathon, to European cinemas. His production company, Get Shorty, produced the short pilot film, I Run On, that featured alongside Skid Row Marathon

Marco (right) with Judge Craig Mitchell from award winning documentary, Skid Row Marathon, at the London Marathon 2018. Photo by Mark Hayes.
Marco (right) with Judge Craig Mitchell from award winning documentary, Skid Row Marathon, at the London Marathon 2018. Photo by Mark Hayes.

 Note from producer: 

My eyes were opened through getting to know people like Judge Craig Mitchell, the criminal court judge who started a running club on LA’s Skid Row which literally changed lives. I was then incredibly lucky to meet many more like minded individuals through the making of the I Run On short film and this gave us the inspiration to for this feature length documentary. 

We are delighted to be part funding the production of this film and I'm especially excited and grateful to have Alexander Dawe on board as Director, to continue the fantastic work he started with our pilot film.

A massive thank you in advance for your help should you choose to support us!

Get in touch: marco@getshorty.net

Our Director, Alexander Dawe, directed the short pilot film, I Run On and is a commercial film director with over 20 years experience.
Our Director, Alexander Dawe, directed the short pilot film, I Run On and is a commercial film director with over 20 years experience.
Alexander Dawe on location in November 2018.
Alexander Dawe on location in November 2018.

References

¹Vos, T., et al. (2013) Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. The Lancet. 386 (9995). pp. 743-800.

²McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital

Risks and challenges

We believe that this is the right time for this documentary especially with the global focus on improving people’s mental health. We are committed to making this film in the most impactful way within the anticipated time frames.

That said, documentary filmmaking is an art, not an exact science, and there could be some challenges and obstacles along the way that may affect the timings of when we can have the finished film.

We are totally committed to this and in our opinion it’s low risk, with the biggest risk being not achieving the funding itself. That bit is where we would love you to help.

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