Skid Row Marathon


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

In this gripping and uplifting documentary, winner of 21 film festival awards, a criminal court judge starts a long-distance running club out of the Midnight Mission on L.A.’s notorious Skid Row, with the hope of changing lives.

“A brilliant piece of documentary cinema.” – Michael Moore

This unorthodox running club is comprised of homeless, recovering alcoholic and paroled men and women, all looking to rediscover their sense of self-worth and dignity. Skid Row Marathon follows five runners, including a former rock musician, a single mom, an aspiring artist and a murderer on parole, as they rise from the mean streets of Los Angeles to run in marathons around the world, fighting the weight of their past and the uncertainty of their future at every turn. While they struggle to cross the finish line, their story becomes one of hope, friendship, and the power of transformation. (Dir. by Mark Hayes, 2017, USA, 85 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Los Angeles; Palm Springs; Traverse City | Arizona Premiere

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