in about 100 words or less
US 89m, Colour
Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane; Cast: Lazarus Lake, Raw Dog, Brett Maune, John Fegyveresi, Rob Youngren, Jared Campbell, Wouter Hamelinck, Ed Furtaw, Blake Wood, David Horton, Tim Hardy, Dave Kehn, Beverly Anderson-Abbs, Alan Abbs, Stonny Ray Lane, Byron Backer, Nickademus Hollon, Barry Barkley
A very funny and oddly inspiring documentary about the fabled Barkley Marathons, the Tennessee ultramarathon event that was inspired by a prison break, and which had only 10 finishers over its first 25 years of existence. Run annually by the race co-founder Lazarus Lake (aka Gary Cantell), this unpredictable event is known for its approximate distance of about 130 miles, 120,000 feet of elevation change, and its secretive application process, which includes a fee of $1.60, a licence plate and a flannel shirt (in 2012). Probably the most entertaining running documentary you will ever see, you will likely be left wondering why anyone would ever complete the essay portion of the entry process, which asks: “Why I Should be Allowed to Run in the Barkley?” (Klaus Ming March 2016).