The Boston Globe Debuts Boston Marathon TV Documentary, 5 RUNNERS
The Boston Globe today announced the release of 5 Runners, a first-of-its-kind television documentary developed and directed by Emmy Award-winning Boston Globe print and digital journalists that profiles five 2013 Boston Marathon runners who were crossing the finish line as the first bomb exploded.
The 30-minute documentary, made possible by generous support from AT&T, explores the runners' personal journeys, as well as their shared mission to return and race the 2014 Boston Marathon. It will premiere at an advance public screening on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The event will also include a question and answer session following the screening. For more information about the film or to register for the advance screening, please visit 5runners.eventbrite.com.
The documentary will then air on Monday, April 14 at 9:30 p.m. on New England Sports Network (NESN), with additional airings before the April 21 Boston Marathon. It will remain available for on-demand viewing on BostonGlobe.com.
Produced, written, directed and edited by the Emmy-winning team of Globe arts reporter Geoff Edgers, and Globe videographer Darren Durlach, the film profiles five runners captured in the widely-seen footage of the first bomb's explosion: Demi Clark, Howard Mayes, Volker Fischer, Mary Jenkins and Brian Donovan. The groundbreaking documentary builds upon that iconic image with new content, originally produced by the Globe team, including never-before-seen runner interviews and video of their training. The documentary also features personal runner footage from that day, while integrating stock photography, archival newscasts, and Globe video from the 2013 Marathon to provide a 360-degree view of events as they unfolded.
"There are numerous documentaries focused on the alleged attackers, the play-by-play events of the day, and the FBI investigation," said 5 Runners co-director and Globe reporter Geoff Edgers. "This film is the first to offer a runner's point of view, from the inside, portraying what it was like to be at the scene of these attacks while crossing the finish line, and how the individuals involved are physically and emotionally preparing for this year's race."
AT&T has provided generous support for the film, as well as the April 10 premiere screening at JFK Library. The documentary's directors are also working on 5 Runners...The Return. The extended documentary will follow the runners as they achieve their goal of crossing the 2014 Boston Marathon finish line, and is set to air on NESN this summer.
5 Runners is The Boston Globe's first television documentary. The film is a unique collaboration between the Globe's digital and print teams, developed completely in-house, leveraging Globe staff resources, archives and insights from extensive coverage of the bombings over the last year. While 5 Runners is the Globe's first television documentary, itis the latest in a well-regarded, extensive portfolio of video content, which includes 20 New England Emmy Award-winning videos and one national Emmy-nominated video produced over the past six years.