Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sundance Films: Big River Man

Title: Big River Man
Director: John Maringouin
Website: http://www.bigriverman.com/
Potential Major Release Date: No release date announced beyond Sundance

Summary: To underscore the effects of pollution, Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel attempts to conquer the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube and Yangtze Rivers. In his 50s and not possessing a typical athletic build, Strel's hazardous 3,375-mile, 66-day expedition brings him face-to-face with numerous barriers, including water predators and toxic contamination. John Maringouin directs while Strel's son narrates this physical -- and mental -- thrill ride (NetFlix).

Thoughts: Any movie that tries to get a 50-year old man to go toe to toe with Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz is bound to be enjoyable. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that said film won the World Cinema Cinematography Award for Documentaries at Sundance and was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a trailer for this film, which bummed me out because it sounds like with a little marketing help, this could be a successful little documentary.

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