Desert Runners

Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:95
Director:Jennifer Steinman
Producer:Yael Melamede
Diana Iles Parker
Jennifer Steinman
Screenwriter:Jennifer Steinman
Cinematographer:Sevan Matossian
Editor:Jennifer Steinman
Jessica Congdon


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US Premiere

They ran through hell and back in rubber soles. This inspirational documentary follows four scrappy amateur athletes—a widowed British war veteran, a retired American baseball player, an aspiring Australian actress and an aging Irish businessman—competing in the world’s most grueling sporting event: a yearlong series of 250K races known as the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon. How tough is it? Day Five of the Gobi Desert leg is alone a 100K run through scorching heat and rugged terrain. The field of competitors—145 runners from 35 countries exploring the outside edge of endurance—is bolstered by true grit and a shared determination to chase their dreams. The stakes are life or death—the “masochism tango” is how one cheeky competitor describes it. But, for each runner, this extreme event offers a rare chance for self-discovery. Excellent direction and stunning nature photography shot in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica contribute to this moving portrait of the human spirit.

—Greg Cahill

Additional Information

Jennifer Steinman is the Director, Producer, Editor, Co-Founder of the film production company SMUSH MEDIA, Jennifer Steinman has over 18 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She began her career as a staff Editor at CBS, both in New York and San Francisco. Her work has aired nationally on PBS, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel, and many other television networks. Her films have been accepted into many major film festivals including SXSW, Rotterdam, and Sundance. Steinman won a Telly Award and has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing.