MARATHON WINS BEST SCREENPLAY AND BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY DURING WORLD PREMIERE AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 29TH, 2009
Great time was had by cast and crew at the THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 29TH, 2009. Awards will be presented in Hollywood on February 25th, 2010. One happy outcome is that North American rights have been sold to Breaking Glass Pictures which will officially release the film this March. We have also signed a contract for MARATHON to be represented in Brazil with a kick off marketing event in New York on Decmber 17th.
Based on a true story.
MARATHON is a tale of courage, endurance, and finally, the triumph of love.
MARATHON explores the relationship between Richard Harteis and William Meredith, former US Poet Laureate and winner of every major American award for poetry including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize.
In the 17th year of their friendship, William sustains a debilitating stroke. Richard stands by his partner, fighting for the right to care for him, despite the inevitable restrictions on his own life, and against the wishes of William's family. Though the path they have chosen is not an easy one, their love and compassion see them through days of illness, therapy, and healing.
The power to overcome illness with dignity becomes a lesson in physical and spiritual endurance, hard won knowledge indeed. MARATHON displays the resolve, discipline and courage of two human beings running for their lives, qualities that can sustain us all in life's marathon. In this moving account, we see how two fellow runners have joined the course, and just how far our dreams can take us before we cross the finish line.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR MARATHON: www.MarathonTheMovie.com
We have signed a contract with ITN Distribution to represent the film to secure a buyer and theatrical release. They have already presented a good possibility for such distribution. They will represent us at the American Film Market (Santa Monica, November 4-11th 2009) and have listed us in the AFM Catalog: Marathon's film listing at The Film Catalogue
Watch the trailer for MARATHON:
Several residents at Beechwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New London, Conn., were dubbed movie stars for their roles in Marathon, a documentary film about local poet and Pulitzer Prize winner William Meredith who died in 2007.
Order a copy of the book, Marathon by Richard Harteis
Read an excerpt from the book, Marathon
“The best first-person marathon
story ever published anywhere.”
© 2010 The William Meredith Foundation