Boston – The Documentary

“BOSTON” is the first feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon. The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to the present day. The Boston Athletic Association granted exclusive documentary rights to BOSTON producers as well as use of the Association’s extensive archive of video, photos and memorabilia. The film showcases many of the most important moments in the history of the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and, eventually, women, Boston is the stage for many firsts paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participatory sports.

BOSTON immerses the viewer into the world of the marathon – the only sport in which an everyday athlete can participate alongside the best in the world – to experience the preparation, competition and camaraderie of the runners and the loyal dedication and support of the spectators. Recounting the history of Boston champions such as Johnny Kelley – who ran the marathon through eight decades; and Stylianos Kyriakides – who won in 1946 to raise money for food, supplies and other relief for his home nation, Greece; and following modern athletes such as Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan, BOSTON connects the history of the marathon and its runners with the 2014 race in an inspiring telling of heroism, friendship, dedication, and bravery.

Following the tragic events of 2013, BOSTON records the preparations and eventual running of the 118th Boston Marathon one year later when runners and the community gather once again in support of one another for what would be the most meaningful race of all. Runners and spectators join together, “Boston Strong,” to overcome the fear of the terrible, exhibiting the best of the human spirit. Accompanied by Jeff Beal’s original score and narrated by Boston native Matt Damon, BOSTON imparts an emotional journey into the wondrous kaleidoscope of the marathon, a microcosm of the ability of humans of all ages, genders and races to be unified by a single event.

Punyakoti

A truth-speaking cow encounters a hungry tiger that has been displaced by mindless destruction of the forest. An impending drought awaits their village. The film is an adaptation of a folk song in Karnataka. Punyakoti is India’s first crowd funded Sanskrit Animation movie. Watch the film for its freshness, its use of Sanskrit language, Ilaiyaraaja’s music and extraordinary voice-overs from Revathi & Roger Narayan.

Gantumoote

A simple yet an intense high school drama set in the 1990’s of Bangalore, story of a 16 year old girl and her struggles with understanding herself and the ever-changing world around, her journey from a world that she thinks exists just like in the movies she saw (like any other Indian girl of 90’s) to the actual world that unravels to her. A relatable pressure of education, childhood traumas, bullying, competition over marks and love interests, all of this wrapped in a transcending journey of first love.

Urvi

This film follows the journey of three women who are manipulated into giving up their selves and forced into flesh trade by cunning opportunists. The women decide to fight the odds to break free when one of them takes a stand for all three. The film is a celebration of these women’s willpower and determination to fight. The film is visually splendid and packs powerful performances from Shruthi Hariharan, Shraddha Srinath, Shwetha Pandit, Bhavani Prakash and Achyutha Kumar. This film marks the directorial debut of B. S. Pradeep Varma and received 5 nominations for Best Film, 1 for Best Actor in a supporting role and won the Best Feature Film at the New York Indie Film Festival. Don’t miss the climax!

Mookajjiya Kanasugalu

This film is based on a novel by the same name from Dr. K Shivaram Karanth. The story revolves around Subbaraya and his grandmother Mookajji. Subbraya always loves to listen to the stories told by his grandmother, instead of reading novels which fails in portraying reality. He feels that the stories told by his grandmother are much more interesting than those novels. He takes every matter to his Grandmother to know reality of them and he feels that Mookajji’s answer appealing and real. Although incidents happen in a village, the author makes Subbraya to ask questions regarding god, culture, belief, evolution and other social issues in this film from director P Sheshadri.

Munnudi

Women are made to offer themselves as wives to Arabian tourists in a small town in southern India. A woman from the village raises her voice against this custom and determines to have it abolished in this film from director P. Sheshadri, starring Tara, Dattana and Shashikumar.

Beru

An old folk artist with minimal income lives in a house that is threatened by the roots of a tree. Each time he visits the corrupt district office for permission to cut the tree, he is turned away. One untoward incident is enough to kindle the spark of rejection of the system in this 2004 National Award Winning Film from director P Sheshadri. The film stars Dattanna, T. N. Seetharam, Neetu and Lakshmi in lead roles.

Atithi

What happens when two people, who follow different ideologies in life, are forced to share the same roof? A wounded terrorist and his men make the home of a doctor their temporary base for a few days in this 2001 National Award Winning film from director P. Sheshadri, starring Prakash Raj. This film was eventually remade in Hindi as Red Corridor.

Vimukthi

Madhavi is a lone daughter of Keshavarao, an exponent of the traditional Mysore paintings. Denied of motherly love very early in her life, Madhavi develops a strange feeling for her father during her formative years. It is an obsession bordering on insanity. Her unusual feelings, which should have subsided with time, remain dormant in her psyche. This movie explores what noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud calls Electra Complex, which is a sort of unresolved attraction a daughter feels for her father.

Directed by noted award-winning Director P. Sheshadri, this movie won the 2008 National Award for the Best Regional Film. The movie stars Bhavana and Ramakrishna, with music from Praveen Godkindi.

JeerJimbe

The film sketches the life of a young girl from a remote district in Karnataka is on her courageous pursuit to break away from the clutches of the evil practices of child marriage. How she fights against the evils of society while pedaling towards a brighter, better, and a safe future, forms the crux of the story.