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April 28, 2010

"ATHLETE" NOW ON NETFLIX



When I signed up for Netflix as subscriber in 2000, I never thought I'd have my own film available on the site 10 years later. That's pretty surreal (and incredible). "ATHLETE" is now available for rent from Netflix. Add it to the top of your queues today!




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April 01, 2010

APRIL COMPETITOR

Featured in the April issue of Competitor magazine in New York. Special thanks to editor Sarah Wassner Flynn for the interview and Melissa Ferrara for the photo.





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March 09, 2010

"ATHLETE" NOW ON DVD!


"ATHLETE" is now on DVD! Click here to order.

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February 09, 2010

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February 06, 2010

THE NEW ATHLETE MOVIE STORE

Visit the all-new ATHLETE Movie Store to support independent film and pre-order the DVD and get exclusive merchandise.




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MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT

Blockbuster customers can now save "ATHLETE" on DVD to their rental queues or visit a local store and ask to reserve a copy today!




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December 25, 2009

PRE-ORDER ATHLETE

Just in time for the holidays. Be the first to own ATHLETE on DVD. Pre-order it now at major retailers including Target, Amazon.com, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble. ATHLETE will be released on DVD on March 9, 2010.


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November 05, 2009

LOVEFILM

ATHLETE has just been added to LOVEFiLM, Europe's leading online DVD rental subscription service with one million members and operations in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Subscribers in the UK and Germany can now save ATHLETE to their rental lists and be notified when it becomes available on DVD.


Subscribers in Great Britain: click here to save ATHLETE to your rental list.









Subscribers in Germany: click here to save ATHLETE to your rental list.




To learn more about LOVEFiLM, check out this recent article in BusinessWeek. Special thanks to Alexa and the folks at LOVEFiLM for their support of ATHLETE.

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June 06, 2009

FLIXSTER



ATHLETE is now on Flixster, a leading social movie site. If you're a Flixster user, visit the ATHLETE page and click "Want to See It" and recommend ATHLETE to your friends.

Not a Flixster user? You can join Flixster here or download the Flixster app for the iPhone and the following social networking sites (and RSS reader):

+Facebook
+MySpace
+Bebo
+Orkut
+iGoogle

Thank you Kristina and the staff at Flixster.

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February 17, 2009

NETFLIX

Netflix users, you can now save ATHLETE to your Netflix movie list:




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December 07, 2008

THE ATHLETES

Been meaning to update the "athletes" section on athletemovie.com for a while now. Below is a shot of the new profiles of the four athletes who appear in the final cut -- Jenny, Artie, Carrie and Kellie. Special thanks to Shawn Francis for his pic of the twins.




Now back to work on the trailer.

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TEARY EYES + GOOSE BUMPS

Teary eyes and goose bumps seem to be a common reaction from some of the athletes who've gotten their first look at the film (that's a relief).




Thanks guys!

Athlete Kellie's blog: kelliejones.wordpress.com

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November 16, 2008

ARTIE 2.0

Here's a reworked version of Artie's ATHLETE teaser poster. There were a few things about the first version that I did not like. For one it didn't feature Artie (unlike the other two posters, which do include actual photos of Jenny and the twins). Second, the original concept was to show both legs to reveal two important things about Artie -- his age and the fact that he participates in triathlons.




Those are the markings on his right calf. The "S" stands for the sprint distance triathlon (500-meter swim, 8-mile bike ride, 3.5-mile run), which he trains for in the film. Those visual elements, along with the cane (which represents his disability), make the tagline, "Defy the Odds", that much more impactful.

This new version of Artie's poster is now available for purchase online. All net proceeds will benefit the NYC chapter of the Achilles Track Club.

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October 25, 2008

ATHLETE MOVIE STILLS



Here's your first look at the recently completed ATHLETE. There are over 20 stills from the film now available on Flickr. Choosing which images to present was tricky. You obviously want to introduce the most compelling shots. But you don't want to give away too much of what happens in the film. The challenges of movie marketing.















These should tie you over until the release of the full trailer in early '09.

Cheers!

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October 22, 2008

THUNDEROUSLY COOL

Since the new ATHLETE posters went online three days ago, I've received several kind emails describing them as "stunning" and "bad ass thumbs up" (thank you). But the one that takes the cake has to be film blog "Get the Big Picture". They've described them as "thunderously cool". Wow. Thanks guys!

I really like it when your first exposure to a film isn't a story on the internet or an unfounded rumor, but is instead something that is so eye-catching you have no choice to find out more about it.

I saw this collection of movie posters for Athlete, and was floored.


Read the rest here.




Also, thanks to the site Internet Movie Poster Awards for featuring the entire ATHLETE collection.




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October 19, 2008

THE FINISH



The finish. Two words I've been waiting to utter since I started this "little project" over two years ago. The feeling of finishing your first feature-length film is pretty incredible. The experience surpasses any marathon I've completed. Even outweighs the time I survived my "vacation" in Patagonia.

To mark this special occasion, I've designed three new teaser posters for the documentary. Each poster represents a storyline and reveals a little more about each athlete in the film.

I'm also pleased to announce that all net proceeds from the sale of these three posters will go towards the charities featured in ATHLETE (I will not receive a dime from this). Now you have another way to take part in the Cycle of Giving. The posters are available for purchase in the ATHLETE movie store.




1) "Defy Pain"

Features cancer survivor Jenny. Image refers to the markings found on her neck and chest area during radiation treatment. All net proceeds will be evenly distributed to Team in Training and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Click HERE to purchase.




2) "Defy the Odds"

Features blind triathlete Artie. All net proceeds will benefit the NYC chapter of the Achilles Track Club. Click HERE to purchase.




3) "Defy Definition"

Finally we have twin sisters Carrie and Kellie. All net proceeds from this poster will go to the charity Girls on the Run. Click HERE to purchase.




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September 24, 2008

A DUAL MISSION



Man, what a morning. Just returned from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where I got to hear (and film) Lance Armstrong discuss his foundation's new global fight against cancer and his return to cycling. When asked by a reporter how getting back on a bike would benefit his crusade, he replied by saying an active athlete is more effective than a retired one.




Between Lance's remarks at the Opening Plenary Session and the press conference that followed, the emphasis was less on whether he'd win an eighth Tour (yes, he's joining Johan Bruyneel at Team Astana), and more on how his foundation will work to help cancer patients worldwide.




What an extraordinary day. It was exciting to witness this historic moment in person. Even more exciting to capture it on film to complete Jenny's segment of ATHLETE. This was made possible by Lauren Pfeifle of Edelman/Lance Armstrong Foundation and Meghan Linehan of the Clinton Global Initiative. Thank you both very much.

Visit the LIVESTRONG blog to watch both events online.






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WHY GIVE BACK:
Around the world, over 12M are diagnosed with cancer each year; 8M will die from the disease. Learn more at LIVESTRONG.org.

September 23, 2008

THE CYCLE OF GIVING

I may not be able to divulge much about what happens in ATHLETE. But there's one thing I can mention and that's the significance of charities in the film. Specifically, how organizations like Achilles and Team in Training play an important part in the athletes' lives and their stories.

With the documentary, I hope to help raise awareness and funds for the charities featured in ATHLETE. It's something I'll be working on in the coming months, along with a plan for the film's release/distribution. A lot to do even after the final cut is complete.

But, you know what? You don't have to wait until ATHLETE comes out to take part in the "Cycle of Giving". What's that you ask? It's what I witnessed while working on the film. It's when everyday individuals contribute their time and/or money to make a difference in someone else's life. And as you'll see in the documentary, those who benefit from charities give back as much as they can. That's the Cycle of Giving.




Check out the four organizations featured in the film, and learn how you can take part in the Cycle of Giving. Today.




Achilles Track Club:
Founded 25 years ago, Achilles encourages individuals with all types of disabilities to participate in running events as well as triathlons. One of the subjects in the film, Artie, is a 62-year old blind athlete and an active member of the NYC chapter. (achillestrackclub.org)




Girls on the Run:
I had never heard of GOTR prior to working on ATHLETE. I learned about them through twin sister subjects Kellie and Carrie, whose good friend founded a local chapter in Cincinnati (and appears in the film with the twins). GOTR "encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running". (girlsontherun.org)




Team in Training: TNT offers everyday athletes professional training and support for marathons, triathlons, and century bike rides. In return, participants help raise much-needed funds to fight blood cancers including leukemia and lymphoma. Cancer survivor and ATHLETE subject, Jenny, signed up with TNT shortly after completing treatment and has raised a significant amount of money for the organization over the last six years. (teamintraining.org)




Lance Armstrong Foundation: Covering Jenny's story reminded me of another cancer survivor and athlete -- Lance Armstrong. The idea of featuring him and his foundation in the film is to show how similar their lives have been (athlete > patient > survivor > athlete > leader in the fight against cancer), and that you don't need to be a seven-time Tour de France champion to make a difference. You too can take part in the fight. (livestrong.org)


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September 12, 2008

ATHLETE INBOX

Received the following email from Andrew, an everyday athlete in NY, who will be running his first marathon in Chicago next month.

(click to read)

So to answer Andrew's question, the goal is to finish the film by the end of December and premiere it at a festival in the first half of 2009. Stay tuned.

Thanks again Andrew for your email and best of luck in Chicago.

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September 24, 2007

AND THAT'S A WRAP!

Filming on ATHLETE wrapped this morning at my final race, the Finger Lakes Triathlon in Canandaigua, NY. I am going to miss filming the athletes at their marathons and triathlons but I won't miss the traveling, the plane/train/bus delays, or getting little or no sleep while on the road.




The next six to eight months will be a completely different creative process and experience as I spend most of my time on ATHLETE in the "editing room". Attempting to piece together something compelling and entertaining from nearly a hundred hours of footage will be a daunting task, but I'm up for it. It can't be as miserable as waiting in line for a New York-to-Boston bus at Port Authority at two in the morning.

Or can it? We'll find out soon enough.

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PS - Special thanks to Linda Miller, race director of Finger Lakes Triathlon, for her help this weekend.

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August 12, 2007

INTERNET MOVIE POSTER AWARDS

The second teaser poster for ATHLETE is currently featured on the home page of Internet Movie Poster Awards, a leading movie poster site.




Many thanks to the IMP.

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TEASER POSTER NO. 2

It's been about five months since I introduced the first teaser poster for ATHLETE. Back then, I had just been filming marathons so that served as the inspiration for the first poster.

After spending the last month filming triathlons, I thought now would be a good time to introduce a second poster for the documentary. One that captures the drama and excitement of triathlons. Especially since the sport plays an important part in the film's story for many of the athletes.




The amazing photo was taken by Brendan Gray. You can check out the poster exclusively on Flickr.

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July 23, 2007

IRONMAN LAKE PLACID

Spent the last five days in the Lake Placid area in upstate New York filming ATHLETE. Sunday's shoot took place at the Ironman USA triathlon. My day began at 3:30 am and ended 19 hours later at 10:30 at night. Definitely one of the most physically gruelling shoots to date.




But to be able to witness and capture the amazing moments that take place at an Ironman was well worth the pain and suffering (at least I didn't have to swim, bike, and run). Pics from race day are available on Flickr.

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"Blood. Sweat. Tears. Heart."

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July 02, 2007

TINMAN TRIATHLON

Just returned from a weekend shoot in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, NY. Note to self: never take Amtrak upstate again (it's Con Air on train tracks). Thankfully, my time upstate was a lot more enjoyable than the train ride. I had the chance to film athlete Jenny and her teammates of TriLife, a New York City-based triathlon team, compete in the 25th annual Tinman Triathlon in Tupper Lake. Check out the pics on Flickr.




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April 08, 2007

WELCOME TERRI + JENNY

I'm really excited to introduce the two newest additions to the cast of ATHLETE -- Terri and Jenny. Both are cancer survivors and members of Team In Training, the world's largest endurance sports training program. The organization helps raise funds for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services.





Learn more about Terri and Jenny by checking out their profile on athletemovie.com. You can also make a contribution to Team In Training by visiting Terri's or Jenny's donation page.


     


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PS- Many thanks to Caroline Hossenlopp, Marketing and Communications Director at Asphalt Green, for allowing us to film there last week. Asphalt Green is a nonprofit fitness center in NYC's Upper East Side. What's great is that membership fees and private donations help fund the many free sports and fitness programs they offer to underprivileged school children. Learn how you can help by visiting asphaltgreen.org.

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