Today is the release of the film Tracktown co-directed and co-written by Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas. The movie puts a finger right on the pulse of the great world of high level athletes - the ones who compete for the Olympics or breaking records. The ones with that singular focus that the majority never see. And it lays it all out in front of us.
Tracktown takes place in Eugene Oregon, the only city of the world who has dedicated all it soul to the art of track field and athletes from all around the world since a certain Steve Prefontaine and the early day of this sportswear mania called Nike. Track and Field despite being the major event at the olympic, does not attract the fame and dollars bills as football or basketball. But, there is a place in the world where this doesn't matter and this place is Tracktown known on a boring old map as Eugene, Oregon.
Athlete are foreign to the word compromise. There is only one path, that things are going to work out. There is definetly a great mind set to success at life. Competing is a deep course about strategy to win at life.
The main character of the film — Plumb Marigold — is a distance runner trying to qualify for the Olympics - acted by Alexi Pappas herself a real life distance runner who ran the 10k for Greece at The Olympics in 2016. The struggle starts when she (Plumb) is being asked to take a day off before the finale - aka qualification event for the Games. She then enters a hectic journey struggling with the inner turmoils that this unexpected day off is filled with.
We met up with Alexi and Jeremy Teicher to talk about their big break onto the indie movie scene and the making of a piece which feels so public and personal at the same time. Each minute of the movie is electrifying with the weight of all the decisions an athlete make during a single day and how those decisions and the simplest social distraction can affect a fragile emotional balance.
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