Prepare to be inspired Taupo!!! The Ledlenser Trails in Motion Film Festival is an annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra-running films to passionate audiences around the world.
Join like-minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts for a spectacle of running films, coming together to celebrate the diverse culture of this sport- the perfect place to be just before the Taupo UltraMarathon.
Our five inspiring films that will make you fizz!
A Few Steps Further
When Kevin Davis first began running, he was overweight and out of shape. He tried, but failed to finish a 1-mile run. Now, years later, he runs 100-mile races. He uses that fitness to support his other passion - backcountry hunting. In 2017, Davis was selected to run the Hardrock 100. Two months later he attempts a backcountry mountain goat hunt in the wilds of Alaska. The film looks at the crossover between endurance sports and hunting, and the need for public lands and wild places to do both.
Warning: This film contains some graphic hunting-related scenes which some audiences may find offensive.
How to Run 100 Miles:
The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight, literally and metaphorically, and battled his way to a successful career as a political organizer. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.
La Barkley –Sans Piie
The Barkley Marathons is, for many, the toughest race in the world. In a remote corner of mountains in Tennessee, between former coal mines and an abandoned high-security prison, Lazarus Lake has been organizing for thirty years this underground event, which is both ultra-trail and Orienteering. A moving course, in the middle of the woods, without a precise path, five loops of about thirty-five kilometers to be completed in less than sixty hours. Since 1987, over 1,000 participants, only fifteen have finished ... "My idea was that only 1% of people can overcome it," says the organizer.
Built around Alexis Berg's splendid black and white photos, and co-directed by Aurélien Delfosse, La Barkley Sans Pitié retraces a fiercest 2017 edition. At the start of the last lap, they were only two of the forty registered. And at the end…
On the Corner:
Japanese 100-mile runner Kenichi Yamamoto - one of the country’s top athletes - has another life as high school teacher, helping to inspire his students to live and explore more. This film is a story of Kenichi's long journey of recovery, self-discovery and the lessons learned from persistence.
Running On Empty:
The average person walks Corsica’s merciless GR20 trail in two weeks. Ultrarunner Rory Bosio is not average. With guest appearances of duct-taped hiking poles, anti-chafe gloves and local pizza, see what the 118 mile trail looks like in 50 hours.
Run-time: 110 minutes (including an interval)
We will also have several spot prizes from our super rad partners to give away on the night.
Tickets available on-line and there will be door sales (subject to availability- cash only) on the night at the venue.
So... listen to the voice inside you; it’s telling you to go. Grab your mates, grab your tickets, come and get some trail stoke!