Finishing Funds for The Barkley Marathons Documentary

A documentary feature about The Barkley Marathons, the hardest trail race in the world that you have never heard of; only 10 finishers in its first 25 years.
Tim Kane
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members
Barkley Marathons - the Trail that Eats its Young is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Barkley Marathons - the Trail that Eats its Young must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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We are in the final stretch of making The Barkley Marathons Documentary. This is your chance to support its completion, and be the first to see it! (With most of your donation being tax-deductible!)

When was the last time you got lost?

The Barkley is a whisper, enticing you to unearth its secrets. We focus our lens on answers, only to find ourselves in a thorny briar of cult-like fervor, where truth is malleable and hearsay fuels the foolish. At once drama, tragedy, and comedy, we are inspired by those who face their demons, enter the deep woods of Tennessee, and refuse to turn back. Immersed in a real-life southern gothic tale, we capture spectacular failures and mythic successes. Archival and present-day footage meld with historic folk and southern indie rock. It is absurdist, sardonic, and unusually inspiring.

The Story:

The Barkley Marathons is the hardest trail race in the world that you’ve never heard of; in its first 25 years only 10 people have finished it.  Through the lens of the 2012 race, the documentary follows the story of unlikely athletes pushing themselves to their limits while becoming part of Barkley’s sardonic lore and eccentric community.

In 1977 James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison, into the Tennessee wilderness.  He was captured 54 hours later less than 8 miles from the prison.  Upon hearing of his failed attempt, cocky ultrarunner Lazarus Lake mockingly declared that he could run 100 miles in that same amount of time, and so, The Barkley Marathons race was born.

The Barkley is an ever-changing course designed to be at the absolute limit of human capability.  On the unmarked and un-aided course, runners must find their way through treacherous terrain to find hidden books as proof of following the route.  If they make it to the end, they will have both climbed and descended over 59,000 feet in under 60 hours.

This story is an intersection of American history, endurance, and the individual search for one’s true potential.

The Funds:

Like the Barkley itself, this film has been a community-driven, grassroots, labor of love project.  We led a successful Kickstarter campaign which funded the pre-production and shooting of the 2012 Barkley Marathons. The costs for editing, sound editing & mixing, music composition and scoring, graphics, and a whole host of other post projects have, so far, been funded out of pocket.  If you are interested in seeing the film, please consider donating to it!

The following outlines the finishing costs needed to complete the film.


Assistant Editor - Allow $700 = $700
Lead Editor / Story Consultant - 8 weeks @ $1200 = $9,600
Sound Editors - Allow $2,000 = $2,000
Online Color Correction - 1 week @ $4,500 = $4,500

Composition/Scoring - Allow $5,000 = $5,000

Post Production Sound:
Sound Mix - Allow $4500 = $4,500

Titles / Graphics / FX:
Main and End Titles, Graphics Creation - Allow $2,500 = $2,500

Rights, Clearances:
Archival Footage - Allow $1,133 = $1,133

Post Production TOTAL = $29,933

Our funding request focuses on integral post-production elements to have a film that is ready for output. The bulk will go towards the completion of the film’s final cut, continuing the work we have started with our editor. The funds will secure rights to the archival footage of the prison escape which will be in stark contrast to our present-day visuals, bringing the story full circle. All the graphics, titles and fx will continue the handmade, southern gothic, sardonic style of the documentary. The sound edit and mix will intermingle the elements of the race’s reality with original composition influenced by the historic sound of the area.

The Filmmakers:

Timothy Kane (Co-Director, Co-Producer) is a Philadelphia native living in Los Angeles. In 1993 I graduated with a BA from Brooks Institute with a focus on photography, cinematography, and filmmaking, and have been working in the film industry ever since. With my 15 years of experience as a camera assistant for feature films, television, and commercials, I now focus on filmmaking. I produced and directed a one-hour documentary pilot for television, The Filmmaker’s Lounge, about the behind-the-scenes world of filmmaking. I am a co-producer and cinematographer on the web series, The Bomb Shelter, and have also shot a number of narrative shorts, and music videos.

Annika Iltis (Co-Director, Co-Producer) grew up in Chicago taking photographs and watching movies. While interning at the Sundance Directors Lab (1999, 2000), she saw that her two passions merged in the camera department. Annika completed her BA in Film and French from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and promptly left the snow for Los Angeles. After working in Visual Effects for several years as an on-set plate coordinator, she made the move into the camera department. With 11 years of filmmaking experience on commercials, television, and films, with budgets large and small, Annika began to shoot, direct, and produce independent projects of her own. The Barkley Marathons: The Trail That Eats Its Young is her first feature length film.

Mariana Blanco (Editor) was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Oklahoma. She saw her first feature-length film while living in Austria at the age of 13; immediately, she knew she wanted to direct films that have an impact on people's lives. She graduated from USC with a dual bachelor's degree from the prestigious School of Cinema and Computer Science. Immediately after school, Mariana worked for Paramount Pictures/MTV Films and Creative Artist Agency. Soon after Mariana began work with organizations that connect people to important issues around the world. She has created videos for Invisible Children, Legatum Institute, Participant Media, Mattel Foundation, Sundance Institute, and American Express. Her videos and award-winning documentaries have been seen by millions and are incredible catalysts for lasting political and global change.  She is the founder of Hoodablah Productions, which tells sincere, real-life stories in exciting and fresh ways.

The Inspiration:

We were inspired to make this documentary after reading an article by Leslie Jamison in The Believer Magazine, entitled “The Immortal Horizon” (May 2011).  Please click the link to read what we are getting ourselves into!

The New York Times also wrote a piece about The Barkley, in which we were mentioned.

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