Saturday, July 12, 2008
Please join us for the screening of Volcanic Sprint, attended by its Producer/Director Steve Dorst.
Volcanic Sprint - 90 minutes
Director: Steve Dorst
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2008
Location: Aurora Theater, 800 Aurora Street , 77009
Tickets: $10.00 online or $10.00 cash/check at the door
Dorst Reception: 7:00-8:00 pm
Screening Time: 8:00-9:30:00 pm
Q&A: 9:30-10:00 pm
Door Prize: Signed copy of the DVD
Synopsis: The sleepy town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts Africa's most grueling footrace: the Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope, a marathon-length sprint 10,000 feet up a live volcano, and back down again. To conquer the mountain, racers must overcome some of the cruelest conditions in sport: temperatures fluctuate 50 degrees, altitude sickness claims the weak, and loose volcanic stones can cause serious injury, and even death, as runners fly back down the mountain.
Volcanic Sprint takes you deep inside the lives of athletes like Sarah Etonge, a five-time champion and mother of seven known as the Queen of the Mountain. Just days before the race, Sarah is haunted by a nagging knee injury and the strain of a hospitalized child. Sarah needs the money she earns from racing to support her children and the Race of Hope is the biggest purse in Cameroon.
For these competitors, Mt. Cameroon isn't just a race. It's their best shot at achieving fame and fortune in a country short on both. For former champion John Ekema, it's a chance to relive fading glory through his son. For two-time champion Dominique Tedjiozem, attacked by rivals during the 2002 race, it's a chance for vengeance.
All the competitors' hopes and aspirations come together on the biggest sporting day in Cameroon. The winners will achieve lifelong fame. But nearly half of all runners will quit the race Š conquered by Mt. Cameroon.
About the Director : Steve Dorst is the founder and president of Dorst MediaWorks, Inc, the film and video production studio he created in 2000. In addition to Volcanic Sprint, Dorst is currently producing two other documentary films, Koppo and Lady B (www.koppoandladyb.com), an identity tale told through the optic of two charismatic rappers in Africa, and Rebirth of Over-the-Rhine (www.over-the-rhine-movie.com), which chronicles urban renewal in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dorst has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning short films for commercial, nongovernmental, and nonprofit clients. He earned a Master's degree in Economics and African Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lived in Cameroon from 1994 to 1995, where he developed the knowledge of country and local friendships that made the filming of Volcanic Sprint possible.
"Portrayed here is not only the world's most challenging, even excruciating marathon, but the passion and drama of human need to excel for life's necessities."
Doris Brown Heritage
Two-time Olympian and five-time world cross-country champion
"Looks like a fun and tortuous race that I would love to get the chance to do."
US Women's Team Gold Medalist, 2007 World Mountain Running Championships, Switzerland
For More information:
Bayou City Road Runners
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