Desert Runners

Desert Runners

Today, Smush Media, in association with Salty Features and Spoken Media, announces the world premiere of their highly-anticipated documentary Desert Runners at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Directed, produced and edited by award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Steinman (Motherland), Produced by Academy Award-winning Producer Yael Melamede (Inocente, My Architect) and Diana Iles Parker (Eat the Sun), Desert Runners follows a diverse cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the four most difficult ultramarathon races on Earth.

Their dramatic journey takes them across the World’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, as they push their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles.

Desert Runners is a glimpse into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.

Jennifer Steinman, Smush Media said: "This film has been a three-year labour of love, and we are honoured to be premiering in Edinburgh.

"Desert Runners is about running, but it is also about so much more - it’s an exploration into the perceived limitations that people place upon themselves, and the mindset necessary for some people to complete ‘impossible’ challenges.

"Ultimately, it takes a certain kind of person to attempt a challenge of this magnitude, and it was my goal to find out who these people were and what they are made of."