BOSTON will premiere in April 2017. Be a part of filmmaking history and help bring the story of the world's most legendary road race to the big screen! Award winning director and marathoner Jon Dunham (Spirit of The Marathon - Chicago and Spirit of The Marathon II (Rome) is now making BOSTON the first ever feature documentary about the Boston Marathon.
Whether you have run THE race, you know someone who has, or you are just a fan, you can become an important part of the storied history of the Boston Marathon. You can even earn amazing incentives by joining our BOSTON fundraising team. Simply make a donation, set-up your fundraiser, or join an existing funding team to get some really cool stuff! (BOSTON’s fiscal sponsor is Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501c3 non-profit in Waltham, Mass. All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.)
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Jon is an award-winning filmmaker and a 25-time marathon finisher. The fusion of both these passions is reflected in his Spirit of the Marathon films. Premiering at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival, Spirit of the Marathon won the coveted Audience Award and was subsequently released in more than 400 cinemas across the United States. The critically acclaimed film was followed by Spirit of the Marathon II, released in more than 600 cinemas in June 2013. As a cinematographer, Dunham has lensed a wide range of documentaries and has filmed on every continent.
Megan Williams - Producer
An Academy Award nominee and recipient of the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Journalism Award, Megan Williams teamed with Jon Dunham in 2002 to produce No Distance Too Far, an official selection of the International Documentary Association’s 6th Annual Documentary Film Showcase. A former adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, she began her career in the 1970’s as a founder and partner of TVTV - an independent video collective known for its influential body of work.
Frank Marshall - Executive Producer
With more than seventy films to his credit, Frank Marshall is a visionary producer who has helped shape American cinema. Marshall’s credits as a producer include some of the most successful and enduring films of all time. His movies have been nominated for a multitude of Academy Awards, including Best Picture nominations for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Color Purple, Seabiscuit and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Marshall has garnered wide acclaim as a film director, having brought to the screen such memorable movies as Arachnophobia, Alive and Eight Below. Recent projects include Jurassic World, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Jason Bourne and Clint Eastwood’s Sully. In the documentary space, Marshall has produced such projects as Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, Alex Gibney’s critically acclaimed The Armstrong Lie and the Frank Sinatra documentary miniseries for HBO.
Eleanor Bingham Miller - Producer
Eleanor has co-produced documentaries since the early 1970’s both as an independent filmmaker and in collaboration with TVTV and WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY. As President of Cumberland Gap Productions (1984-2013) and Skinner & Company, she provided funding and creative assistance to numerous productions including Thunder and Reins, a documentary featuring seven of the elite jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby; The Last Mountain, a feature-length documentary presented in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and the independent feature Nice to Meet Me (2014).
Tom Derderian - Executive Producer
Tom Derderian ran the Boston Marathon for the first time while a senior in high school in Milford MA. He ran track and cross-country at the University of Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in Journalism. He ran in the US Olympic Trials marathons in 1972 and 1976. His fastest Boston was 2:19:04.
Tom worked in design and development at Nike in Oregon for most of the 1980’s. He has several US patents in his name.
Today Tom serves as Coach for the greater Boston Track Club and competes regularly in Masters races. He is a senior writer for NEW ENGLAND RUNNER Magazine and has written for many other running publications. Tom’s book, THE BOSTON MARATHON, the definitive history of the race, was written in collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association and published in 1995. An updated third edition is to be published in Spring 2017. Tom and his wife, Cynthia Hastings, live on the shore in Winthrop, MA, slightly east of Boston.
Jeff Beal - Composer
Four-time Emmy award-winning composer Jeff Beal is one of the most prolific and respected composers working in film and television today. In addition to creating scores for both Spirit of the Marathon films, Beal’s work has been heard in over 100 film and television projects including HBO’s Rome, Carnivale and Monk, and Golden Globe winner Ugly Betty. Most recently his music has been heard on the Netflix hit series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher. He has frequently collaborated with Academy Award winner documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu. Beal has also composed scores for directors Ed Harris, Al Pacino, David Anspaugh, Bob Balaban, Michael Mann and Bob Rafelson.
Ryan Suffern - Co-producer
As head of documentaries for The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Ryan Suffern has an active role on a full slate of films. He and Frank Marshall have collaborated on numerous projects, including three commissioned documentaries for ESPN Films, and the two were executive producers on TRANSCEND, which follows 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir. Suffern recently directed FINDING OSCAR, a feature-length documentary about the search for justice in the case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, which he and Marshall produced together. The film is a co-production with the USC Shoah Foundation, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and is currently on the festival circuit. Under his own banner, Suckatash Productions, Suffern has directed and produced a host of music videos, documentaries and web series, and he has also written a feature screenplay on assignment for DreamWorks Films. Suffern currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters, Pearl & Iris.
Leonard Feinstein - Editor
Leonard Feinstein has been editing documentary films and TV for over three decades. Among his credits are the award-winning feature docs Darfur Now, Bitter Seeds, and Betting on Zero. He also edited Jon Dunham’s 2012 film Spirit of the Marathon 2.
For televison, his work includes the PBS series Joseph Campbell andthe Power of Myth , NOVA, National Geographic Specials, and Craft in America.
Robert Irwin: The Beauty of Questions, a film he directed and edited, took the Grand Prize at the 1998 International Biennale of Films on Art in Paris.
Feinstein has been nominated for a Prime Time Emmy, and won an American Cinema Editors Award in 2009 for his work on the TV series Greensburg. In 2013 he won the best editing award at DocUtah for the film Mona Lisa Missing. He has been profiled in the LA Times and the Anderson Valley Advertiser. A former New Yorker and Angeleno, he now lives with his wife Susan and their three border collies in rural Mendocino County, California.