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MIPCOM Picks 2013: “Desert Runners”

This film follows men and women who embark upon Racing The Planet's 4 Desert series encompassing the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt and culminating in a trek across Antarctica over the span of a calendar year.
September 1, 2013

Partners: Smush Media, Salty Features, Spoken Media; distributed by Cargo Films and Releasing

Length: 1 x 85 minutes

Premiered: June 2013 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Rights available: World, excluding the U.S.

For those of us who get a little winded when indulging in a short sprint to catch the morning bus, the thought of competing in the world’s most challenging ultramarathon – Racing The Planet’s 4 Desert series encompassing the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt and culminating in a trek across Antarctica over the span of a calendar year – is incomprehensible. This film from director Jennifer Steinman follows men and women who decide to embark upon the near impossible – delving into the personal stories behind the runners’ drive, and capturing the action and drama as they push themselves far beyond their limits.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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