I am very excited about this opportunity to showcase the film again; although the film is now approaching its fourth birthday (!!!), it is a project I am very proud of. While on the surface the film is a story about the 3,100-mile Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race, it is really a portrait of one of the most interesting, incredible, and complex human beings I have ever had the privilege of meeting: Suprabha Beckjord. Suprabha is a quiet and reserved 50-something year-old small business owner from Washington D.C. At 5'2", her diminutive size adds to an image of meekness. However, Suprabha is anything but meek. A stunning example of contrast, she is one of the top athletes in her field of ultramarathoning, having run more than 40,000 miles in races alone (excluding training!!!). Suprabha gleans her athletic inspiration from her spiritual leader, Sri Chinmoy. In fact, as one of Chinmoy's disciples, Suprabha has devoted her life to honoring him through various means, including legally changing her name in her 20s from her given name "Amy" to her spiritual name "Suprabha."
- WHAT: The Spirit of a Runner (2009) - a 28-minute long documentary short, playing as part of Block "C" in the festival
- WHEN: Friday, April 12 at 3 pm, again on Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm - ***PLEASE NOTE: The Red Sox have a home game; parking will be limited/impossible... plan accordingly!
- WHERE: Hynes Convention Center, Room 313 (one floor up from the Boston Marathon expo)
- TICKETS: $9 apiece; purchase them here!