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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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