B.A.A. Announces Boston Marathon Documentary

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Filmmakers to create first feature-length documentary film of the iconic Patriots Day race.

BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement with LA Roma Films to produce “Boston” — the first ever feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon, the world’s most legendary running race.

Directed by Jon Dunham, award winning filmmaker/marathoner of the critically acclaimed Spirit of the Marathon films, and produced by Academy Award™ nominee Megan Williams, the film is expected to be released in late 2015.

“We are fortunate to be working with Jon Dunham and LA Roma Films on this project,” said Joann Flaminio, president, B.A.A. “Their unique and extensive understanding and knowledge of the marathon promises to make “Boston” a highly anticipated film experience.”

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The film will document many of the historic moments of the Boston Marathon from its founding through today. “Boston” will capture the spirit of the individuals and communities who have long-made the race a world-renowned athletic event, while also paying tribute to the tragic events of 2013.

The film will include an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the major organizational efforts to prepare for the race, dramatic moments from past Boston Marathons as told by former champions and competitors, and contemporary stories of runners and spectators who have unique relationships with the race.

“We know the world’s connection to the Boston Marathon is stronger today than ever,” said Tom Grilk, executive director, B.A.A. “We look forward to an exciting movie that tells of Boston’s colorful 118-year history, and shows the strength of spirit of those who make this race a success.”

The B.A.A. granted LA Roma Films exclusive documentary rights to the 2014 race.

“We are honored to tell the story of this world famous race,” said director Jon Dunham. “We are looking for unique stories of the challenging journeys people have had on their way to qualifying for the Boston Marathon, as well as personal accounts of last year’s event.”

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