From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Amazing year for Marshall Lewy. One of his projects lost financing at the last sec, but instead of putting his foot (or the investors) through the wall, he bounced back by tearing out a Sundance-worthy script in just 16 days and attracting exactly the star he wanted — Robert Carlyle of “Trainspotting” and “The Full Monty.” Meanwhile, he was also having his first baby and collaborating with Peter Sarsgaard on the Born to Run screenplay. According to Marshall, Sarsgaard is now banging out 60 miles a week.

NFL discovers a secret Tarahumara weapon

by Christopher on January 20, 2012

“I was not aware that Ray Rice eats Chia Pets,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs.

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Ravens’ star rusher Ray Rice has been ditching trendy supplements in favor of the ancient nutritional secret of Tarahumara runners: Chia seeds.

Help ultrarunner Will Harlan help the Tarahumara

by Christopher on January 18, 2012

Reports of a drought crisis have been emerging from the Copper Canyons over the past few days. Because it’s sometimes hard to tell what is credible from what has been sensationalized, WIll Harlan is on his way down to directly assist and assess. Will is experienced, knowledgeable, and utterly honest, and yesterday he emailed me this:
“I am personally ensuring that any donations will go directly to seeds and food for the Tarahumara. We’re a federal 501c3 nonprofit, so all donations are 100% tax deductible. I’ll report back to you on the situation once I’m down there; I have not personally witnessed the effects of the drought, but I’ve heard from several sources that hunger is widespread and quite serious, especially on the Batopilas side of the canyons. I share your caution in getting entangled with unfamiliar organizations; in this case, I’ll be down there myself to verify exactly what’s going on and participating personally in the distribution of food and seeds.”
Knowing Will, those are words you can count on. Please join me in chipping in to help.

Best story I never told

by Christopher on January 4, 2012

When I was researching “Born to Run,” I visited the Hopi reservation in Arizona and got to spend time with Hopi elder Bucky Preston and his ultrarunning protege, Dennis Poolheco. It was a wild time, including a freezing moonlit scramble over the mesa while trying to find our way back out of the wilderness and not get too freaked by coyote howls. I learned a lot about the Hopi’s ancient running tradition, but was moved the most by a story I heard from Dennis Poolheco. I’ve now listened to the tape at least a dozen times, and it still gives me chills.
Because of space and coherence I wasn’t able to include the story in Born to Run. I’ve been meaning to write it ever since, but now I’ve got a better idea. “Racing the Rez” only needs about $5000 of financing. That’s all it will take. If a few hundred people kick in ten bucks a piece, this important and dramatic tale of Hopi-Navajo running will emerge from seclusion in Arizona and come to the rest of the world.
Problem is, there’s only one week left to raise the cash.
So: if we pull this off and “Racing the Rez” is completed, I’ll get up and tell the Best Story I’ve Never Told at an exclusive screening for backers of the film. I’ll also film it and put it online. Can’t beat that: two great stories for the price of one. Please contribute before time runs out.