January 24, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The SCA Alumni Screening Series invites you and a guest to a special screening of
Directed & Produced by Jon Dunham ’00
Produced by Megan Williams and Eleanor Bingham Miller
Narrated by Matt Damon
Shot by Harris Done ’87
Music by Jeff Beal
Performed by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Followed by a Q&A with Jon Dunham ’00 and Megan Williams
7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Available Worldwide on Digital and VOD!
BOSTON is the first feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon. The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to the present day. The Boston Athletic Association granted exclusive documentary rights to BOSTON producers as well as use of the Association’s extensive archive of video, photos and memorabilia. The film showcases many of the most important moments in the history of the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and, eventually, women, Boston is the stage for many firsts paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports.
BOSTON immerses the viewer into the world of the marathon – the only sport in which an everyday athlete can participate alongside the best in the world – to experience the preparation, competition and camaraderie of the runners and the loyal dedication and support of the spectators. Recounting the history of Boston champions such as Johnny Kelley – who ran the marathon through eight decades; and Stylianos Kyriakides – who won in 1946 to raise money for food, supplies and other relief for his home nation, Greece; and following modern athletes such as Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan, BOSTON connects the history of the marathon and its runners with the 2014 race in an inspiring telling of heroism, friendship, dedication, and bravery.
Following the tragic events of 2013, BOSTON records the preparations and eventual running of the 118th Boston Marathon one year later when runners and the community gather once again in support of one another for what would be the most meaningful race of all. Runners and spectators alike joined together, “Boston Strong,” to overcome the fear of the terrible, exhibiting the best of the human spirit. Accompanied by Jeff Beal’s original score and narrated by Boston native Matt Damon, BOSTON imparts an emotional journey into the wondrous kaleidoscope of the marathon, a microcosm of the ability of humans of all ages, genders and races to be unified by a single event.
An LA Roma Films production. Presented by John Hancock in association with The Kennedy/Marshall Company. Provided courtesy of Lionsgate. Unrated. Running time: 114 minutes.
“It was inspiring in every way.”
- Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and running coach
“I laughed. I cried. I was so proud.”
- Shalane Flanagan, Olympic Silver Medalist
“The Boston Marathon is like no other event in the world, and to have its history captured through this type of exclusive documentary is extraordinary.”
– Mayor Marty Walsh, The Boston Globe
“As someone says in the course of the film, ‘This is beyond running’. And it will leave you breathless.”
– Joyce Kulhawik, WBUR
“The legacy of this event has helped to shape the story of many champion runners. These are the stories that need to be told and preserved for generations to come.”
- Frank Marshall, Variety
In the world of running when somebody says “Boston” no further explanation is required. We all know what this means. It is the granddaddy of all marathons, a race storied, prestigious and in a class all its own. As a filmmaker and a runner, Boston is a race that has always intrigued me.
I first began thinking about making a film about the Boston Marathon around 2002, when I began research and development for my first feature length documentary film Spirit of the Marathon. During the production I visited Boston and witnessed the marathon for the first time in 2006. With assistance from friends I had made at the LA Marathon, I managed to receive a press credential at Boston and I took full advantage of it. I met marathon legends and Boston icons such as Johnny Kelley “The Elder”, Bill Rodgers and Kathrine Switzer. I was also fortunate to spend time with running author and Boston Marathon historian Tom Derderian, who encouraged me to someday pursue a film about Boston. Over the years, Tom and I continued to stay in touch and we kept coming back to the idea of making the film.
One morning in November 2012 I found myself in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia finishing production on Spirit of the Marathon II. I met producer Megan Williams for breakfast and informed her that I wanted to make a third marathon film and this time it would be about Boston. It was a crazy idea at the time given the
challenging circumstances of the complicated international and notoriously underfunded production we were in the midst of! Nevertheless, I re-connected with the Boston Athletic Association in early 2013. They were receptive to the idea and we agreed to discuss it further following the 2013 race. Then everything changed.
I was not in Boston on April 15, 2013 but I watched along with the rest of the world from afar and in sad disbelief. In regard to making a film I thought it was all over. Perhaps it was something I could come back to maybe 10 years later.
In the months that followed I thought a lot about Boston and at a certain point I began thinking forward to the following year. I considered how it was going to be a very important year in the history of the race and I thought that it should be documented. I still wanted to tell the Boston Marathon story but now 2013 and 2014 had become an important part of the history. With this new perspective and purpose, Megan and I formed a core creative group along with co-producer Eleanor Bingham Miller, executive producer Tom Derderian and composer Jeff Beal. Like the marathon itself, this production has been a long and challenging journey and many, many times we have had to remind ourselves to just keep moving forward. BOSTON is a film about courage, healing and digging deep within ourselves to discover strength we didn’t know we had. Even more than a sporting event, ultimately this is truly what the marathon is all about.
About the guests
JON DUNHAM (Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Cinema & Media Studies BA '00)
Jon Dunham is an award-winning filmmaker and a 25-time marathon finisher. The fusion of both these passions is reflected in his Spirit of the Marathon films. Premiering at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival, Spirit of the Mara- thon won the coveted Audience Award. It was subsequently released in more than 400 cinemas across the United States, where it grossed over $1 Million in two days on its way to becoming one of the year’s most successful theatrically released documentary films. The critically acclaimed production, which has become a cult classic among runners, was followed by Spirit of the Marathon II in 2013. BOSTON is the filmmaker’s third and final film on the subject and marks the first time in the legendary race’s history that the complete story will be told in a feature-length film. As a cinematographer, Dunham has lensed a wide range of documentaries and has filmed on every continent.
MEGAN WILLIAMS (Producer)
An Academy Award nominee and recipient of the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Journalism Award, Williams teamed with Dunham in 2002 to produce No Distance Too Far, an official selection of the International Documentary Association’s 6th Annual Documentary Film Showcase. A former adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, she began her career in the 1970’s as co-founder and partner of TVTV — an independent video collective known for its influential body of work.
HARRIS DONE (Director of Photography, Production MA '87)
Harris Done is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography with extensive experience in both documentary and dramatic film production.
His long collaboration with USC classmate and documentary director James Moll includes the 1999 Academy award-winning Feature Documentary The Last Days for executive producer Steven Spielberg. They also teamed up on Running the Sahara, Price for Peace, Farmland, the Emmy award-winning Inheritance, the Grammy award-winning Foo Fighters: Back an Forth and the recent released Hulu Original, OBEY GIANT about the graphic artist Shepard Fairey and the soon to be released Netflix series Medal of Honor, for executive producer Robert Zemeckis.
He also photographed the cult classic documentary Trekkies, as well as From a whisper to a Roar, Vows of Silence, True Trans and Above and Beyond and the HBO doc If you’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.
Harris has also written and directed the dramatic films Sand Trap, Storm and Purgatory Flats as well as the award-winning documentaries War Dogs of the Pacific and Always Faithful.
About the SCA Alumni Screening Series
The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2017. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.
Check-in & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Accommodations Request -- BOSTON."
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.
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