1. The Perfect Runner, behind the scenes with Diane Van Deren

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    From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll meet ultramarathoner Diane Van Deren at the Canadian Death Race. Learn how Van Deren overcame debilitating epilepsy to become one of the world's most remarkable endurance athletes. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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    • The Perfect Runner, behind the scenes with Tracy Garneau

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      From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a meeting with Canadian ultramarathoner Tracy Garneau at the Canadian Death Race. In 2010, Garneau was voted female ultra-running athlete of the year by UltraRunning Magazine. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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      • The Perfect Runner, behind the scenes in Extreme Slow Motion

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        From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you see some of the world's most beautiful bodies running in extreme slow motion. Shot on the Weisscam HS-2, with prime Zeiss lenses. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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        • The Perfect Runner, behind the scenes at the Canadian Death Race

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          From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you learn what it takes to prepare for one of the world's toughest ultra-marathons. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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          • How to get to Chukotka - behind the scenes on The Perfect Runner

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            From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll see how the film crew reached nomadic reindeer herders in one of the world's most remote Arctic regions, the Russian territory of Chukotka. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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            • Filming with Reindeer Nomads, behind the scenes on The Perfect Runner

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              From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll learn about filming with nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders on the Russian tundra. In the rain. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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              • The Perfect Runner, behind the scenes in Ethiopia

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                From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll travel with the film crew to Ethiopia. Learn why running in Ethiopia is so hard, how nomadic Afar herders welcome guests, and how many times it takes host Niobe Thompson to get his lines right. See the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36338816 The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012. Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at www.theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012) Synopsis How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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                • The Perfect Runner, Official Trailer

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                  How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape. Canada 2012, 45 mins. HD, Dir: Niobe Thompson, Clearwater Documentary Inc. The Perfect Runner was broadcast on CBC networks in March 2012, and will now be rebroadcast in countries around the world, starting with ARTE in German and French on 13 September 2012. Learn more and buy the DVD at www.theperfectrunner.com

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                  • Running On Empty

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                    This documentary by Raul Alanis follows the journey of two runners as they prepare to run their first 1/2 marathon. Raul and Rachel once believed running a 1/2 marathon was impossible and then one day they decided to train for the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon in San Antonio, TX. This documentary portrays the highs and lows of training. It is to serve as inspiration and motivation to anyone that hopes to do something that they think is impossible.

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                    • Jim McCarthy's Camp Fire Speech - Sequoia Running Camp 2007

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                      Jim McCarthy spends time with the runners on the first night of camp describing what they will experience during the week, and what they should expect as the trails get longer and in some cases steeper. He discusses goals and shares some insight about how each runner can overcome the mental challenges they will face out on the trail.

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