Short Film: RUNNING HOME – THE RUN4WATER STORY, 25min., USA, Documentary

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Directed by Katie Spotz
Over the course of 11 days, clean water activist and adventurer Katie Spotz, best known for breaking a world record as the youngest person to complete a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, ran 341 miles across the state of Ohio breaking yet another incredible world record – the most ultramarathons run consecutively by a female. Fueling her journey was the goal of funding 11 water projects in Uganda with every step getting us closer to a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water.

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I directed this film, ‘Running Home,’ after Katie approached me with her crazy idea of running 11 ultra marathons in 11 days across the state of Ohio to raise money for clean water projects in Uganda. How could I say no to that?! I have an adventurous heart and the challenge of capturing Katie’s journey immediately drew me in. Having never filmed an adventure like this as a solo filmmaker, I definitely faced challenges along the way, but I learned so much about myself and filmmaking in general that I cannot wait for the next adventure to present itself. Telling stories is my passion and I hope that this film inspires viewers to find their own passion and give them the confidence to take that first step towards their dreams.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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