The first feature length documentary from the award winning Hammer & Saw films, 100: Head/Heart/Feet premieres June 13th at The Frontier Theater and celebrates the journey of Portland, Maine resident and Trail Monster Running member Zak Wieluns as he struggles to complete his first 100 mile ultramarathon in Vermont.
Wieluns, vice president of Technology Finance at TD Bank US Technology Solutions in Portland, first attempted the Vermont 100 Endurance Race in 2011 but sat down, physically exhausted at the 89-mile checkpoint and was unable to get back up, ending his journey just 11 miles from the finish line. In 2012 his extensive physical training went for naught as he burst a knee-cyst after 30-miles. 100: Head/Heart/Feet follows Wieluns, a graduate of Waldoboro's Medomak Valley High School, in his grueling preparation for and participation in the 25th anniversary running of this celebrated race July 19-21, 2013.
The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100-mile runs and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultra-running. Each year, 300 runners attempt to finish this hilly trail and road race through central Vermont in less than 30 hours. From the base camp to the celebration barbecue, the race's founders discuss its history, and fans explain why this extreme event is so fascinating.
The producers of Motel and Exit 7A, Mike Mooney and Will Peters followed Wieluns' intensive training regimen and its impact on his relationships while exploring the reasons he was singularly dedicated to completing the "100."
Director Mooney, general manager of Portsmouth's Poly Recovery Sustainable Recycling, is himself an Iron Man competitor. A graduate of Kimball Union Academy and Colby-Sawyer College, he wanted to examine the camaraderie among ultrarunners by recording the stories of handlers, sherpas and training partners, while exploring the friendships that motivate their grueling preparation for the race. He interviews physiologists, nutritionists and sport psychology experts about the extreme health risks associated with ultrarunning.
Cinematographer and editor Peters captured stunning footage of Weiluns' day-long struggles with heat and exhaustion, against the picturesque backdrop of rural Vermont. With a crew of 19 Colby-Sawyer College alumni, faculty and current students, Hammer & Saw films recorded every aspect of the grueling race, from the horses that accompanied the runners, to the stations where runners refueled, to the medical check points and the hospital tents.
100: Head/Heart/Feet appeals not only to the nearly 10 million recreational runners and more than a half-million marathoners in the U.S., but also to anyone who enjoys watching the real life struggles of a man training to take on one of the nearly impossible physical feats in sports all while trying to maintain a "normal" life.
The Filmmakers and Zak Wieluns will be attending the screening and will be participating in a question and answer sequence at the conclusion of the film.
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