We have just submitted the film to the Sundance 2019 and SXSW 2019 Film Festivals.
Here is the new trailer:
Gerald Tabios, Filipino Ultra Runner, runs his 5th Badwater 135, considered as the world’s toughest footrace. Together with his crew, Gerald has to run 2 deserts, climb 3 mountains, run 135 miles during record breaking heat across Death Valley within 48 hrs.
Considered as the world’s toughest footrace, Badwater 135 is a goal every serious runner in the world wants to conquer. For the 5th time, Filipino Ultra Runner Gerald Tabios is accepted in the race. Only 100 runners are accepted for this event.
The runners can have up to 4 support crews during the race. Gerald picks 3 runners to help him finish the race. Peachy, Ibar and Steve will be with Gerald along the way to provide support until the finish line.
The race starts at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level and will end at the portal of Mt. Whitney, the mountain that has the the tallest summit in the entire contiguous United States.
2018 Badwater 135 is a record breaking year. 127 degrees that broke 1906’s record of 126 degrees. Out of the 99 runners, 30 DNF(did not finish).
Along the way, we hear commentaries from the crew as well as other prominent Filipinos in the Ultra Running community.
How does Gerald get through the world’s toughest footrace? One foot in front of the other.
Just like our ancestors, we were never totally subjugated. We may have compromised, but never surrendered. We overcame 3 colonizers, three mountains that seemed unsurmountable. We are the masters of our fate. We are the captain of our soul. Running for Freedom is a metaphor for life.
We crossed 2 deserts. Climbed 3 mountains. Ran 135 miles in 135 degree weather. We made it through the finish line of the world’s toughest foot race, Badwater 135.
Now we need your help to finish our Kickstarter project so we can submit the film that tells this amazing journey to Sundance and other major film festivals. Deadline for Sundance submissions is Aug 24 with an $85 fee. Other film festival fees will vary.
So far we have 6 backers that pledged a total of $86. Our goal is $500 and we have 19 days to go. We don’t get anything if we don’t make our goal. $500 will cover the fees of at least 5 major film festivals.
Can you pledge at least one film festival submission fee ($84). Go to our kickstarter project: http://kck.st/2uqZ6CV
Teamwork plays a big role in the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race. My crew is crucial to me finishing the last 4 Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race. I am officially in the 2018 Badwater 135 Race and my crew will once again play an important role in this race.
Filmmaking is just like running an ultra marathon race, you need a good team to make it happen. I am hoping that you can be part of my team in making this documentary I’m making a reality. I am working with independent filmmaker James Castillo from Los Angeles to make a feature documentary film about my life as an ultra marathon runner. I want you to be part of my team in making this film a reality by supporting us in any way you can. There are different ways you can be part of the team:
Last night I decided to take the first step on the journey towards a more active lifestyle. I know from reading books that having a more physically active lifestyle has many health benefits. Being a living questionnaire, I tend to be more hands-on and I take the words of experts with a grain of salt.
I started with installing an app on my phone called Runtastic. I registered using my facebook account and the app was ready for me to take that first step towards a more active life. I press start and the countdown started. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. And there I go. On my first power walk.
This is my power walk stats from last night:
I know some of you expert runners are probably thinking, geez, that is hardly a run. Well, it was definitely a good power walk for me. Gerald’s 4th tip for beginning runners says start slow:
“4. Start slow – Start out slow and ease into your new activity. You will feel stronger each day since you started.”
Then I had a nice warm soup for dinner before heading out to meet George to talk about how we are going to move our television show forward. It is a musical set in the Philippines. Of course, Johnny, his dog, joined the meeting. I’ll tell you more about that later. We had a productive meeting and I’m heading back home. I turned off the lights and went to bed.
This morning I was feeling great. I played a wake-up playlist from Amazon Prime Music as I did my mourning routine. As I was driving to work, I had this happy feeling while driving. No traffic on my way to work and I had my playlist jamming along on the freeway. My psychology professor said that when you exercise your body produces Dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for making you feel happy.
So there you have it, folks. I am now a believer in an active lifestyle. The living questionnaire is now convinced that by tweaking your life a little bit you can live the life that you want. You are happier. You have more energy. And life is just great!
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