6) Lionsgate to Distribute Boston Marathon Documentary Globally On Digital and On Demand. Narrated by Academy Award Winner Matt Damon. Boston chronicles the story of the iconic race as it evolved from a workingman’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and eventually women, becoming the stage for many firsts and in no small part paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports. The documentary is produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and marathoner Jon Dunham (Spirit of the Marathon I & II). Produced by Academy Award Nominee Megan Williams, and Eleanor Bingham Miller, executive produced by Academy Award Nominee and Boston Marathon competitor Frank Marshall (Back to the Future, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Sully), Tom Derderian and David Williams. The film’s original soundtrack is by five-time Emmy Winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Blackfish) and was recorded by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
I met the filmmaker, Jon Dunham, when I did a marathon in Antarctica in 2015. He was with our group filming another documentary. I am very happy for his success, well earned!
7) GoFundMe (bought Crowdrise as well) Launches Studio to Produce Content Based on Site’s Fundraising Campaigns. My friend and Survivor: Africa winner, Ethan Zohn, recently produced one of these fundraising campaign videos, 86,402 Seconds in Greece. He and his wife, Lisa, spent their honeymoon at the Vasilika Refugee camp in Northern Greece with the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project. Vasilika is an old, abandoned warehouse converted into barracks with tents for 1,200 refugees. They hoped to raise $20,000. To-date, donations are at $50,000. Way to go, Ethan!
8) Wisdom from great writers on every year of life. Journalist Joshua Prager, “Books tell us who we’ve been, who we are, who we will be, too.”
“No matter what people tell you,
words and ideas can change the world”
~ Robin Williams