As we head into 2013 at a full sprint, I find myself searching for time to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish this past year, with the help of our tremendous Tumaini Film Project supporters. We produced our first promotional video; we led our first crowd-funding campaign; we worked with runners across the globe to generate support and momentum behind the story by running 150 miles in 30 days; we formed relationships with journalists, elite coaches, and world champion athletes from L.A. to Nairobi. There have been challenges, too. We planned to film at the Olympics and then had to change course when some of the runners we were planning to follow failed—controversially—to qualify for the Kenyan team. The truth is, like many artists involved with independent projects and full-time jobs, time is my most limited resource, and sometimes I fail to share our progress and successes as a result. I become too concerned with the doing and less concerned with the sharing. Hence, one of my New Year’s resolutions: blog more frequently.
This is going to be a big year for the Tumaini Film Project. Our team rang in the New Year with a directors meeting in Philadelphia. After years of research, relationship building, fundraising, and outreach, we plan to head to Kenya this spring to film a large portion of our documentary. There have been as many challenges on the ground with the running program as we’ve had with production; the rainy season delayed the season and training for months; failure to cut the grass in the field where the students run means the weeds are waist-high; and the many scourges of poverty follow many of the students whether they’re running or not. Though difficult to plan around, I know these challenges are what make this story so important; because Frank and his students are doing something incredible despite all odds.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far—we couldn’t do it without you.