THE ROAD TO SPARTA is a short film about four individuals, including the great Dean Karnazes, running the 2014 Spartathlon, a 246 kilometre ultra-marathon between Athens and Sparta.
It will not, however, be a straightforward sports documentary; it is more of an artumentary where sport meets history meets music, a film of brain, brawn and beauty.
Through Dean Karnazes, THE ROAD TO SPARTA will look at the history of the race which dates back to 490BC and the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides while the Greek band Old House Playground will be composing an original score for the film.
I want to examine those men and women, by watching them through the race and interviewing them before, during and after the race, to see how their minds and bodies react to the intense pressure of attempting to complete the course within the 36-hour time limit.”, says the producer of the documentary, find more here
THE ROAD TO SPARTA is being made as a stand alone film, duration 30 minutes. It is aimed at the Festival market and we are already looking at the Thessaloniki Film Festival as well as the Greek film festivals in New York and Los Angeles. We are also looking at potential television sales.
An entirely independent film, Spender and his director of photography, Roddy Gibson, have worked out a budget of €15,000 to complete the film from the shooting to the editing to making sure that the band get into a decent studio to make the soundtrack.
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