Movie Poster is part of Perks campaign.
Photo Courtesy of Rich Clarkson
ABOUT THE FILM: http://prespeople.com
Steve Prefontaine is perhaps America’s most iconic long distance runner. His success on the track in the late 60’s and early 70’s excels most runners of even today…having set 14 American records and holding seven American records in distances from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Bill Bowerman, his track coach at the University of Oregon said, “He will become the greatest runner in the world.”
Prefontaine’s gutsy style of running quickly earned the admiration of his fans and respect of his competitors…it also put him in the spotlight as the first marketing agent for a new shoe company at the time, Blue Ribbon Sports, which eventually became Nike.
Steve, better known as “Pre”, has a following that is legendary. Pre’s energy on the track was symbiotic with his fans in the stands, which chanted “Go Pre!” to propel him to win 119 races. He won 38 of 42 races in high school alone, and later in college became the first person to win four NCAA titles in one event.
These Pre fans are better known as “Pre's People”, which is the title of our new Steve Prefontaine documentary. “Pre's People” is not just a documentary about the runner's accomplishments. It's about the people of the small, blue-collar town on the Oregon coast where Pre came from—Coos Bay, and how his rugged hometown surroundings shaped him. This documentary will offer an intimate portrait of Pre's People, as told through Pre's biggest fans, and will illuminate his enduring popularity almost 40 years after his death. Pre lives, and this documentary is a testament to his legend. The goal of Pre's People is to inspire future generations that hard work pays off.
ABOUT THE FILM TEAM
The beauty of this documentary project is that it’s a story about Steve Prefontaine and the people of his hometown of Coos Bay, produced by graduates of Pre’s high school Marshfield. We all bring unique skills, contributions and connections to the project.
Travis Johnson: Emmy Award Winning Photographer & Editor
Brad Jenkins: Executive Producer
Chris Peterson: Oscar Nominated Illustrator
George Whitty: Grammy Award Winning Musical Composer
Tom Jenkins: Retired Marshfield Athletic Director
We started this project in May, 2011. After countless hours of research and tracking down people with fascinating, untold stories of Prefontaine, we have amassed perhaps the biggest library on tape of biographical information on the legendary runner. We’ve shot 50 high definition tapes totaling 25 hours of footage that include interviews with Prefontaine’s coaches, teammates, competitors, childhood friends and fans. We’ve also collected some never before published or broadcast photographs and film of Prefontaine! Our efforts have taken us over a thousand miles and 25 days of filming, including re-enactments and reunions of Pre’s People who haven’t seen each other in 40 years!
WHAT IS LEFT TO FINISH PRE'S PEOPLE
Now the real fun begins. Digitizing, logging, editing, licensing historical footage, promoting, and a George Whitty musical score are costs we need money from our Indiegogo campaign. These are the final steps to put us across our own finish line…but just like Pre, we need your help! We have spent our own time and camera equipment investment to get us to the bell lap, and with your contribution can reach our goal to inspire future generations! Our goal is to have the documentary completed in time to debut at the Prefontaine Classic in May, 2014.
Coach Phil Pursian shows the crew Pre memorabilia
T-Shirt is part of our Perks campaign
The CORPORATE BANNER AD is the best Perk for your advertising dollar. For $100 you will get your companies logo displayed for 5 seconds at the end of Pre's People. All is required is a high resolution JPG file from you.
Marshfield Track Coach Phil Pursian congratulates Pre.
Photo Courtesy of Marshfield High School