100: Head Heart Feet screens at the Portsmouth Music Hall July 24
Hammer & Saw films follows the journey of “everyman” preparing for one of ultra-running’s biggest races
Posted Monday, 7 July, 2014
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. AND BURLINGTON, VER.—The Portsmouth Music Hall will screen the first feature length documentary from award winning Hammer & Saw films, 100: Head Heart Feet July 24 at 7 p.m. The film celebrates the journey of Colby-Sawyer College alumnae Zak Wieluns as he struggles to complete his first 100 mile ultra-marathon in Vermont.
Wieluns, vice president of Technology Finance at TD Bank US Technology Solutions from Portland, Maine, first attempted the Vermont 100 Endurance Race in 2011 but sat down, physically exhausted at the 89-mile checkpoint and unable to continue. In 2012 his extensive physical training went for naught as he burst a knee-cyst after 30-miles. 100: Head Heart Feet follows Wieluns, a graduate of Waldoboro’s Medomak Valley High School, in his grueling preparation for and participation in the 25th anniversary running of this celebrated race, one of the original 100-mile runs and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultra-running.
Emily Wynes of farnorthendurance.com writes of the film, “I didn’t just like it. I was truly blown away. Despite being new to the documentary genre (or perhaps because they are new to it), filmmakers Mike Mooney and Will Peters have crafted a beautiful story of the physical and emotional pains and joys experienced by runners—and those who support them—as they push their bodies and minds to their limits.”
The producers of Motel and Exit 7A, Mooney and Peters followed Wieluns’ intensive training regimen and its impact on his relationships while exploring the reasons he was singularly dedicated to completing the “100.”
Director Mooney, general manager of Portsmouth’s Poly Recovery, is himself an Iron Man competitor. A graduate of Kimball Union Academy and Colby-Sawyer College, he wanted to examine the camaraderie among ultrarunners by recording the stories of handlers, Sherpa’s and training partners and exploring the friendships that motivate their grueling preparation for the race. He questioned physiologists, nutritionists and sport psychology experts about the extreme health risks associated with ultra-running.
Cinematographer and editor Peters captured stunning footage of Weiluns’ day-long struggles with heat and exhaustion against the picturesque backdrop of rural Vermont. With a crew of 19 Colby-Sawyer College alumni, faculty and current students, Hammer & Saw films recorded every aspect of the grueling race, from the horses that accompanied the runners to the stations where runners refueled to the medical check points and the hospital tents.
Vermont native Mark Daly, former front man for the rock band Chamberlin, composed the sound track for the film, which also features music by Bon Iver, 2012 Grammy winners for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, Luke Reynolds of the popular group Guster and internet marimba sensation Evan Chapman.
100: Head Heart Feet appeals not only to the nearly 10 million recreational runners and more than a half-million marathoners in the U.S. but also to anyone who enjoys watching the real life struggles of a man training to take on one of the nearly impossible physical feats in sports… all while trying to maintain a “normal” life.
The Music Hall, located at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will show 100: Head Heart Feet July 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and military personnel. For more information, visit http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/100_head_heart_feet. Following the screening, Mooney, Peters and Wieluns will be available for a question and answer session.
For more information about 100: Head Heart Feet, please visit https://www.facebook.com/100.Head.Heart.Feet?ref=hl. For more information about Hammer & Saw Films, visit http://www.hammerandsawfilms.com/.
Hammer and Saw films was founded in 2008 by Colby-Sawyer alumni Will Peters and Mike Mooney. Their first short film, Motel, won Best of Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival and the Slightly North of Boston Film Festival. Exit 7A screened at 21 film festivals in the US, winning The Best of Fest award at The Filmshift Festival, Best Short Thriller at Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Buffalo International Film Festival. Exit 7A has also been selected for deadline magazine’s Best International Short Thriller award in Munich, Germany.
Windcrossing Productions of Colby-Sawyer College, founded in 1990 by the late Professor Donald Coonley, was reborn in 2011 and dedicated to the creation of interdisciplinary video projects that invite alumni to collaborate with current students and community members. Hammer & Saw films worked with the Windcrossing crew to produce The Checkup and It’s Not Not Safe, which were screened at six film festivals.