Running for Jim won another award this week - the Audience Choice Award at Tiburon International Film Festival. Thanks to our wonderful, supportive and enthusiastic audience!
We have had an amazing two weeks. First was our World Premiere at the International Festival of Sport Movies Krasnogorsky in Moscow where we won the Best Film Character Award and an Honor from the Russian Ministry of Culture. Next we held our North American Premiere at Soho International Film Festival in New York City and won the Best Documentary Film Award. Coach Tom Coughlin attended our Soho screening, much to the delight of our "full house" audience.
Running for Jim will screen at the International Sports Film Festival Krasnogorsky in Moscow, Russia.
April 1-4, 2013
Anyone want to come to Russia? Join us!
The NEW YORK GIANTS and their head coach Tom Coughlin sent this video to the AMND Organization to honor the efforts of Holland Reynolds for her role in crawling across the finish line at her scholastic state track championship meet to honor her coach Jim Tracy who had been diagnosed with the disease ALS. It inspired national news stories and an ESPN feature in two different segments:
The New York Giants caught wind of all this and used it to inspire their team to a Super Bowl Championship! This event inspired a documentary about her coach Jim Tracy named Running for Jim and expounds on why she, in an act of sheer will and valor, crawled across the finish line so that her coach could be honored with another state win (the school owns 10 Girls California Interscholastic D5 State Cross Country Championships).
"Mrs. Reynolds, I wanted to let you know I showed the ESPN video on Holland and Jim to my 5th grade students. Not only did it bring them to tears, but it lead to some amazing essay writing on life lessons and "never giving up." Holland is a true inspiration, not only to fifth grade students, but to their teacher as well. I will share some essays with you once the students complete them." Chris Lynch, Teacher
This is what we are talking about!
The University girls cross-country team won the D5 California State Title for the 4th consecutive year this morning, earning Coach Jim Tracy a record 10 California State Championship titles in his 18 years as coach at San Francisco University High School. Remarkable!!
A powerful film about the will to finish. In my life, I have met and seen many inspirational people, but very few have had the ability to reach out and change the lives of others the way Jim Tracy has and continues to do. This film takes you into Jim's life, his love of running and coaching and his impossible battle with ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease. Finish with honor. Finish with grace, but above all, finish.
If we are lucky, in our lives we come across a teacher or coach who leads us to a higher place than we ever thought we could get to, a higher place than we even knew existed. Jim Tracy is one of those rare and special birds who can teach you to fly, even if you don’t believe you can. The documentary “Running for Jim” will make you want to go out and do something, dammit, don’t just sit there and dream about it, or put your dreams aside. This film will make you wish you had a Jim Tracy in your life, and in your kid’s life, and it will make you feel better about sports, and humanity. "Running for Jim" is Hollywood beautiful, but it makes Hollywood’s inspirational sports movies, like “Bagger Vance” and “Field of Dreams” seem corny and fake by comparison. This is about REAL pain and fear and death, and about real freedom.
Powerfully moving. Really. I think what will always resonate with me is the irony that, for a few seconds at the end of that fateful race, [Holland] had ALS. That mentor and protégé could end up connecting in such a visceral way at such a fateful moment - wow.
What a phenomenal statement. I was just blown away at the way you told these stories. The layers of the film are both subtle and complex. Though it is about Jim and ALS, it touches many other themes and leaves multiple levels of interpretation.