Documentary (99 min)
Yeah, marathons are tough. The Iron Man: a little tougher. But that’s nothing compared to running 1,000km through four of the world’s most grueling deserts… all in the same year. This film follows a group of non-professional runners as they attempt this "ultramarathon" while exploring what drives us (and what happens) when we push our bodies to the physical and emotional limit. Personal struggles like one man dealing with the recent death of his wife and another man’s effort to train his mind offer insights into what motivates ordinary people to do extraordinary things -- paired with plenty of sounds of parched earth crunching under feet and views of the strangely beautiful hellscapes of the Chilean, Chinese, Egyptian, and Antarctic deserts they doggedly navigate along the way.
MILE... MILE & A HALF (trailer 1) from The Muir Project on Vimeo.
Mile… Mile & a Half
Documentary (87 min)
This low-impact doc stars a group of artists as they seek to hike and capture the beauty of the 201-mile John Muir Trail, which starts in the Yosemite Valley of Northern California and ends on the summit of Mount Whitney. It’s got funny characters, stunning nature, and plenty of scenes of dudes playing ukuleles and xylophones around the campfire. Along the way, some fail to complete the trek while new friends (like a solo Japanese traveler) join the group, forming lifelong friendships in the process. The film reminds us that "you don’t need to go to Mount Everest to find adventure, you can find it in your own backyard" as experiences like these are "what makes life amazing." But the thing you remember most from traveling, according to this doc, is the people.