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New Film 100: Head Heart and Feet will explore the world of New England ultrarunning

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Posted Friday, 21 June, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. AND BURLINGTON, VER.—Hammer & Saw Films has released the trailer for its first feature-length documentary, 100: Head Heart and Feet, which will follow Maine ultrarunner Zak Wieluns as he trains for and competes in the 25th anniversary of the Vermont 100, one of the original 100-mile runs in the United States.

The trailer will give viewers a sneak peek into the unique culture of the ultrarunner on the 100: Head Heart and Feet facebook site, which features Wieluns’ weekly ultrarunning journal accompanied by photo essays and short video clips updating the filming.

The award winning producers of Motel and Exit 7A, Mike Mooney and Will Peters this winter began following Wieluns’ intensive training regiment and its impact on his relationships while exploring the reasons he is singularly dedicated to completing the “100.” In the film, to be released later this year, other ultrarunners will explain what motivates them to take part in this extreme sport and discuss the camaraderie among this special group of people. Handlers, sherpas and training partners will examine the friendships that motivate their grueling preparation for the race. Physiologists, nutritionists and sport psychology experts will address the extreme health risks associated with ultrarunning.

This film will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary Vermont 100. The cameras will record all aspects of the grueling race, from the horses that accompany the runners to the stations where runners refuel to the medical check points and the hospital tents. From the base camp to the celebration barbecue, the race’s founders will discuss its history, and fans will relate why this extreme event is so fascinating.

In its partnership with Windcrossing Productions, Colby-Sawyer College’s video unit, Hammer & Saw films will feature the camera work of several alumni and involve current students in the project to further their educational experiences.

For more information, please visit 100 Head Heart and Feet facebook site!/100.Head.Heart.Feet , or

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, 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.



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