June 11, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Tuesday
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A doctor runs in a grueling 24-hour, 100-mile ultra marathon over rugged mountain terrain as he avoids the fallout from a high pressure medical decision. Over the course of the race, as physical and mental exhaustion turns to fantasies and hallucinations, race-related dramas intertwine with the details of his current crisis. He’s tormented by his decision to assistin the death of a terminally-ill teenager, against both the parents’ wishes and the legal parameters of assisted suicide. Questions arise as to whether he was successful in helping his patient die, if he failed to fulfill his promise to her, or if the pressure has led to his mental breakdown.
Man Running is a drama that uses the unique setting of an ultra marathon, with all its associated mental and physical extremes, as the vehicle for the story of a doctor dealing withthe moral and ethical complexity of assisted death for an underage patient.
The ultra marathon fictionalized in Man Running is run over mountain terrain and used the front range of the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary as the films setting. Besides the Grizzly Ultra which starts at the Nordic Center in Canmore, the production used locations in the Kananaskis, including the abandoned Fortress Mountain ski hill, Moose Mountain, Black Mountain at the boundary of Banff National park, as well as West Brag creek.
Join us for a post film discussion by producer Gary Burns as he talks about the logistics for creating this film.