The global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus forced Rainshadow Running to cancel races, but the organization relocated its popular Trail-Running Film Festival from theatres to the internet.
The inaugural virtual film festival on May 1 experienced a few technical glitches but delivered 2 1/2 hours of diverse trail-running entertainment while also raising $31,180 for the YWCA COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Community Resiliency Fund, according to the festival organizers.
The May event proved to be such a popular draw that Rainshadow Running is organizing a brand new lineup of films for another virtual Trail-Running Film Festival on Saturday, June 6, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The full slate of films has not yet been announced, though it will feature “Woke the Monster,” a documentary film about how Army veteran Shawn Livingston is using ultrarunning to overcome addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The June show will raise money for Texas-based nonprofit organization Band of Runners whose mission is to organize trail-running events for veterans and their surviving family members.
Tickets for the June screening cost $10 and can be purchased on UltraSignup at this link. The cost for the ticket goes to the film organizers, but an additional option will be available to donate to Band of Runners before completing the ticket purchase, which is similar to the setup of the May show.
For those who purchase a ticket but are unable to view the live show, a link to a recording of the screening will be active from the evening of June 6 through June 14 for later viewing.
The film festival organizers have received enough film submittals that they are planning to host additional virtual film festivals in July and August. They are also still accepting film submissions, so those on the East Coast looking to do something about the absence of films from the region during the May festival have an opportunity to rectify that.