Director PABLO DURANA (US 2023) 89 min
The Race Across America (RAAM) is a grueling 12-day, 3,082-mile bike race from California to Maryland. Riders combat physical and mental breakdowns, severe sleep deprivation, harsh weather, and hallucinations. In a normal year, 50% of the participants don’t finish. But André Kajlich aims to be the first double amputee to complete this arduous endeavor on an adapted bike that lets him pedal with his arms. It takes three years and four attempts for Kajlich to qualify for RAAM, while he battles self-doubt as well as his wife’s concerns about the toll of this punishing race. What will happen if he injures himself again? Pablo Durana’s directorial debut explores Kajlich’s seemingly superhuman achievements, while also providing insight into his troubled past and struggles to overcome addiction. Throughout, his enduring spirit rises to challenges many others consider impossible, offering inspiration to pursue life’s passions despite the obstacles.
IN PERSON: Director PABLO DURANA | Film Subject ANDRE KAJLICH will join via Livestream
SATURDAY, MAY 13 • 1:00
PABLO DURANA is an Emmy® Award–winning cinematographer and adventure photographer. As an endurance athlete, he has extensive experience filming in extreme conditions, and has worked with the world’s top documentary filmmakers and adventure athletes, including Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold. Durana’s work also has been featured on National Geographic, HBO, Discovery, RedBull, and Vice.
Change Content is an artist-driven, social impact studio founded by Oscar®, Emmy® and Peabody® Award–winning filmmakers SEAN FINE and ANDREA NIX FINE. The Washington, D.C. based studio turns true stories into unforgettable film and television to entertain and inspire audiences to become agents of change. The Fines’ notable work includes the Oscar® winning documentary Inocente, the Peabody® and Emmy® winning Life According to Sam, and the Oscar® nominated and Emmy® winning War/Dance. Their latest film, LFG, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is currently streaming on HBO Max, and was instrumental in the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team achieving equal pay. Change Content is currently in production with A24 on featured documentary on the emotional journey of six people during the January 6th insurrection that defines why we fight for democracy and what is at stake when it is challenged.
|RUNNING TIME:||89 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine|
|EDITORS:||Michael X. Flores | Christopher Cymbalak|
|NOTE WRITER:||Joanne Feinberg|
Director RENAN KAMIZI (Brazil 2021) 7 min
Rafael Bridi’s truly awe-inspiring feat – balancing 6,236 feet in the air on an inch-wide slackline – earns him a place in the Guinness World Records.
RENAN KAMIZI is a Brazilian director based in the city of Curitiba.