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Sunday, October 6, 2013

BendFilm: Running Blind

Posted By on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Screening with Shorts Block 1 at 6pm Thu., Oct 10, Regal Cinemas Old Mill 2; Shorts Block 3 at 5:30pm Fri., Oct 11, McMenamins

Running Blind - Trailer from Suckatash Productions on Vimeo.

Running Blind
E.J. Scott, a regular-looking guy in his mid-30s, lives in a world of increasing darkness. In 2003 he was diagnosed with choroideremia, a rare degenerative eye disease that causes progressive vision loss. Doctors expect that by age 50 Scott will be totally blind. Frustrated by the derth of research surrounding his disorder, an understandably motivated Scott conceives of a seemingly hair-brained plan: to run 12 marathons in 12 months, all in different states—a noble goal for a guy who looks more like a giant teddy bear than a lithe marathoner. The 30-minute film, which premiered at Telluride’s Mountainfilm festival in May, is filled with raw, touching moments—like when an exhausted, but triumphant Scott shouts, “This is the best marathon ever!” at the conclusion of a Las Vegas race. Interesting side note: Scott’s beautiful, supportive girlfriend (who he met online) is actress Deborah Ann Woll, who stars in the hit vampire-TV series “True Blood.”

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