The documentary 3100: Run and Become is an uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners who push themselves to the edge of physical and mental collapse, as they endeavor to challenge the boundaries of impossibility. It’s “Chariots of Fire” meets “Samsara.”
The film follows an unassuming Finnish runner (Ashprihanal) and an Austrian cellist (Shamita) in their attempt to complete the world’s longest certified footrace, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. The 3100 promises personal expansion and, indeed, participants come from around the world to shatter their limitations and discover a deeper sense of self. The small group of competitors gather to run a distance that approximates a US cross-country run — a total of 3,100 miles. The race requires 60 miles per day for 52 straight days, or 5,649 laps around one city block in Queens, NY.
Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 journey takes the audience from the heart of this astonishing event in an urban city, to sites around the world where ancient cultures have held running sacred for millennia, including the Kalahari Desert, Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, and to the sacred mountain temples of Japan. Through the heroic stories of three other runners (Shaun Martin, a Navajo runner and Board Member of Wings of America; Gaolo of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari; and Gyoman-san of the Monks of Mt. Hiei, Japan) 3100: Run and Become presents a portrait of endurance and transformation. Beyond competitiveness and athletic prowess, they run not for glory, but for spiritual enlightenment, universal oneness — or because they simply have the responsibility to run.
3100: Run and Become is directed by Sanjay Rawal ( Food Chains – EP Eva Longoria, Eric Schlosser) and produced by Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade, Capitalism: a Love Story). Edited by Alex Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade, Obscene) and shot in 4K by Sean Kirby (Racing Extinction, We are X, Long Strange Trip). The film’s soundtrack, composed by Michael A. Levine, features an original song, “Running, ” recorded by the legendary artist Roberta Flack.
3100: Run and Become opens in Los Angeles on Friday, November 9 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center. Filmmaker Q+A’s scheduled for Nov 9, 10 and 11. For theatre and tickets, please visit: http://bit.ly/2ID7btM
For more info on the film, go to: https://3100film.com
Running Time: 79 minutes
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