Confessions of a Runner
Ultrarunning evokes notions of insanity, dedication, and the pursuit of mind over body. A blend of eye-popping scenery, extreme human achievement, and revealing personal stories, Confessions of a Runner features Patrick Vaughan—an accomplished trail runner, small business owner, parent, and survivor of serious physical impairments—as he shares his story of healing and redemption while pursuing the record for completing the Lebanon Mountain Trail 470km. Exquisite handheld and drone cinematography and a soundtrack from local musicians provide context to this rugged north-to-south trail run, traversing from Syria to the Israeli border. Experience the Lebanese Mountain Trail through the strides and sweat of Patrick and the experiences of guide and record-holder Avedis Kalpaklian and other local runners. Patrick keeps one eye on his GPS and the other eye on the prize, breaking the record of eight days set by Avedis, a stand-out Lebanese mountain athlete and ultra-runner. Unscripted and unpredictable, Confessions is an exploration of what has driven Patrick to run incredible distances and redefine his limits in an inspiring journey to peace and redemption. Best Mountain Sport Film – Vancouver International Film Festival Vancouver 2021. Best Mountain Sport Film – BANFF 2020. Special Mention – International Mountain Film Festival 2021. Best Documentary Short – Davis International Film Festival 2020. Best Documentary Short & Best Original Score – Independent Shorts Awards 2020. Finalist – Ottowa Adventure Film Festival 2020. Nominated Best Documentary Short – Arpa International Film Festival 2020. Honorable Mention – Weyauwega International Film Festival 2020. Best Cinematography – Documentary Film Festival 2020. Official Selections 2021: London Mountain Film Festival, Wild & Scenic, Eho Mountain Film Festival, Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, Mountainfilm, Adventure Uncovered, Ulju Mountain Film Festival, Trento Film Festival. Official Selections 2020: Denali Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, REEL Recovery, The Art of Recovery.