What would you do to transform your life? How far would you go to change yourself? Would you drive, would you fly, would you run?
These are the themes of a new documentary about why we run, 3100: Run and Become. This uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners and what motivates them opens around the US in theaters August 17, 2018.
3100: Run and Become follows Ashprihanal Aalto, an unassuming Finnish paperboy, and Shamita, an Austrian cellist, in their attempts to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the world’s longest certified footrace, which takes place each summer June through August. The 3100 encourages runners to discover the limits of their capacities–and to try to go beyond them. And go beyond, they must: the small group of competitors come from all over the world to run a distance that approximates a US cross-country run — a total of 3,100 miles in 52 days – 5,649 laps around one city block in Jamaica, Queens.
Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 quest takes viewers from the heart of this astonishing event in New York to places around the world where ancient cultures have held running sacred for millennia: the Kalahari Desert, Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, and to the 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) and produced by Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade, Capitalism: a Love Story). It was 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 recorded by Roberta Flack, her first after suffering a stroke in 2016. Check out festival screening dates below:
“3100: Run and Become” Festivals and Screenings
DATE CITY THEATER
Aug 17 Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Art
Aug 24 Albuquerque Regal High Ridge
Aug 31 Phoenix Shea 14
Aug 31 Sedona Sedona 6
Aug 31 Flagstaff Flagstaff 16
Sep 7 Eugene Bijou Metro
Sep 7 Seattle Varsity Cinemas
Sep 7 Portland TBD
Sep 7 Bend TBD
Sep 11 Boulder Int’l Film Series
Sep 14 Denver Sie FilmCenter
Sep 28 North Lake Tahoe TBD
Sep 28 Chicago TBD
Oct 26 New York TBD
Nov 9 LA/Santa Monica Laemmle Theater