About this project
“Love, like running, teaches you about yourself (if you let it). Running is a personal journey” Robin Arzon
Thank you to all our backers! Our Kickstarter is now over but you can keep up to date with all our progress at www.runitout.co.uk
WHAT IS RUN IT OUT ABOUT?
Robin Arzon. Street Athlete. Former Lawyer. Ultra-marathoner.This documentary follows Robin on one of the toughest challenges of her life- to run five marathons in five days in the challenging terrain of the Utah desert to raise money for MS research as Robin's mother Carmen was diagnosed with the disease in 1999. As the story unfolds you discover the traumas of her past and why she is propelled to continually push past her own limits.
WHAT STAGE OF PRODUCTION ARE WE AT?
We have shot and edited Run It Out and it is ninety minutes long. We have come a long way on a shoestring budget with the incredible help and support of Paydirt Pictures in LA and The Quarry editing house in Soho, London. But it's a rough cut and we still have our own mountain to climb. We are now raising the money we need for completion funds here on Kickstarter. Without this money we will not be able to finish the film and honour the hard work of everyone involved. We would love to have your help to do this!
Thanks to our cinematographer Todd Kellstein who brought his Epic camera and lenses that Coppola used in The Godfather we have stunning footage. The raw files of the film need to be colour graded to show it at its absolute best. We have commissioned an original film score, we will need to sound mix the film and pay for an animated sequence or archive footage to illustrate one of the pivotal scenes. Our editor, Mark Whelan, has put many hours and a lot of love into the film and there is still much more to do .Completing a film requires highly skilled experts. The Quarry, Electric Theatre Collective and Wave Studios have offered us amazing support but is just not possible to finish this film for free!
I first discovered Robin when I was training for my first half marathon. I had recently started running again after having my first baby and found it gave me more mental clarity, energy and was a powerful release.
I was fascinated to know more about Robin. A young woman who was neither a celebrity, nor a paid athlete but she was carving out her own unique path and dictating her own terms. It was so inspiring to read her words- her positivity was contagious and it made me want to push past my own perceived limitations. Here was an inspiring female role model blowing the idea of distance out of the water- just shut up and run, no excuses. And in the spirit of an athlete like Flo Jo she wants to look good whilst doing it.
I am a photographer by trade and my work focuses on people and place. I have always told stories with my images and more recently I have been writing text to go with my pictures. I have previously made three short films and was looking for a project I felt purely passionate about, with no commercial restraints.
As I researched more about Robin, I discovered that she had been through some extreme situations, including a horrifying attack in New York where she was held as a main hostage and nearly died. I was interested to see how much strength and perspective she had drawn from these situations which could have negatively impacted on her whole life.
Robin's mother, Carmen, sounded equally inspirational. She is a Cuban refugee that came to America on one of Castro's freedom flights. Given a few hours to make a choice, Carmen's parents had to make a devastating decision to leave her brother behind for the greater good of the rest of the family. He was of military age so Castro wanted him for the army. They did not see him again for thirty years.
I was moved to see how much Robin and her Mother drew strength and inspiration from one another.
When I met Robin she told me that in two months time she would be leaving New York for the Utah desert to run five marathons in five days to raise money for M.S research as part of the M.S Run the U.S relay.This is a charity close to her heart as her mother, Carmen, was diagnosed with the disease in 1999.
I knew that this was an incredible opportunity- the only problem was that the time scale meant that I had no time to raise any funding before I left, so the shooting itself was made possible on a tiny budget with the help and support of a production team that put their heart, soul and expertise into helping me to make it happen. The quality of the footage and the compelling nature of the story that unfolded meant that the short film I had originally envisaged turned into a full length feature.
First we went to New York to film Robin in her home environment. I wanted to see her rhythms and routines. I wanted to meet the people closest to her, meet the Bridgerunners and see the streets and crevices that she trained on every day. I wanted to understand how she was mentally and physically preparing herself for the relay.
Then we travelled to the vast, beautiful, open landscapes of Utah.
Robin has none of her props around her- no honking horns or bustling streets to distract her. Instead she faces an immense, open road. There are no crowds to cheer her on, no big team. Just the support of Ashley Kumlien, the extraordinary founder of M.S Runs the U.S who runs the whole operation on her own and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for M.S research.
Making this documentary has been an incredible experience. It has been a long, hard road to get to this point but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have learnt so much during this process and have been inspired and humbled by everyone I met during the filming and everyone who has supported the documentary on its journey so far.
We are so close to crossing the finishing line but this is where we need your help- without the funds we need for completion we will not be able to finish this film. Please help us do justice to everyone's hard work and dedication and get this important documentary out into the world!
The film is a celebration of the transformative power of running, positivity over negativity and being brave enough to follow your dreams and be true to who you are- issues we can all relate to.
Robin's is an incredible story that needs to be told.
Let's finish this- let's finish this together.
We are very happy to announce that British designer Paul Smith has just donated 'A Suit to Travel In'
TARA DARBY, DIRECTOR
Tara Darby is a photographer and film-maker whose work focuses on relationships, emotions, people and place. She contributes to many international magazines including Twin, Another, The Telegraph Magazine, Riposte and The New York Times. Along with exhibiting widely, Tara's work has also been published in several books including Jenny Saville by Rizzoli, We are only Humans and Literary Journey: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Miniature Love and Waves by Oodee. She has made three short films- Access Every Sparkle, A Quiet Heart in the Night Time and Shifting Patterns. Run It Out is her first feature length documentary.
TODD KELLSTEIN, D.O.P
Todd Kellstein is a Los Angeles based commercial director and cinematographer with a progressive docu-style aesthetic. Kellstein made his documentary feature debut with internationally acclaimed Buffalo Girls (Slamdance 2012), transitioning into the realm of socially-conscious storytelling. Kellstein has directed spots for Volkswagen, The Clinton Global Initiative, Commonwealth Care Alliance,Quaker, St.Jude Children's Hospital, and as second-unit/action, director for Fox Sports, Adidas, BMW, Coors and many more.
JONATHON KER, PRODUCER
Over the course of his two-decade-plus career, Jonathon Ker has distinguished himself as a career builder with a keen eye for talent and a steadfast reputation for top-tier commercial film production. He is known for launching and/or reinventing some of the most successful commercial and feature film directors working today, including Neil Abramson, Michel Gondry, Keir McFarlane, Alex Proyas and Gore Verbinski. His gift for spotting talent and assessing their needs has made him one of the most valued and sought-after exec producers in the world of advertising. His diverse and impressive resume includes commercials, films and music videos, many produced in conjunction with some of the most respected directorial talents in the business. He is now C.E.O of Great Guns production company in L.A
NATALIE WETHERELL, EXEC/ POST PRODUCER
Natalie currently works at Partizan London as a Producer working across fashion, documentary and commercial films. Natalie works in the content department developing directorial talent as well as producing dynamic and engaging content for TV; VOD; online and events globally. Natalie has worked with directors such as Aitor Throup, Martin Stirling; Poppy De Villeneuve, Matthias Hoene, Giles Ripley, Tom Beard, Tabitha Denholm; Debbie Anzalone, for brands and publications such as Nowness; i-D; Nike; giffgaff; Greenpeace; All Saints; RiverIsland; Visit England; London and Paris Fashion weeks and Bacardi to name but a few.
MARK WHELAN, EDITOR
Mark has been making a name for himself in the world of commercials over the last decade, working with a number of critically acclaimed directors along the way including Tom Carty, Peter Cattaneo, Tom Hooper, Paul WS Anderson, Richard Ayoade. His most regular collaborator, Chris Turner was also the director of the ATU commercial “Battle” for which Mark was awarded the ADC filmcraft award for best editing in 2012.
Recently pursuing an interest in longer-form and drama Mark has worked on short films that have been screened as part of the London short film festival, the berlin fashion film festival, onedotzero and the BFI Gothic Season.
Music video projects have included KT Tunstall, The Editors and Gazelle Twin, but his great passion for music has moved Mark to pursue a wider range of musical projects which has lead to work on visuals for a one off performance by Scanner for the BFI, a short film for the English National Ballet and concert visuals for acts as diverse as Metallica, Alicia Keys and The Chemical Brothers.
BEN DRURY, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Ben Drury made his reputation and acquired his cult following as art director of record label Mo’Wax. Such was the impact of his early work with the label that there are young designers all over the world who credit Ben with inspiring them to take up the craft. He has collaborated with Nike on numerous signature products and today he works with leading UK musicians such as Dizzee Rascal. Designer, typographer, illustrator and urban archeologist, Ben has a rare combination of street-cred and professionalism which has made him one of the most respected designers in the UK today. Ben is also a keen runner and designed the original Run Dem Crew logo. We are very happy to announce that he has designed a special limited edition Run It Out t-shirt and running vest as one of the Kickstarter rewards!
Risks and challenges
We are in a strong position as the film has been shot and we have a rough cut of the film. There is always a bit of to-ing and fro-ing which is an essential part of the creative process but we hope that the risks and setbacks will be minimal. We will do everything in our power to make sure that the post-production process runs as smoothly as possible.
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