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FINDING TRACTION presents the inspirational story of ultra-runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run the 273-mile Long Trail in Vermont, America's oldest hiking trail. The documentary asks what drives her to attempt such an incredible feat, and follows Nikki's journey from its beginning — training and racing in the Rocky mountains — to her actual record attempt through Vermont's beautiful and brutal Green Mountains.
Throughout the film, Nikki's crew and support team provide an intimate portrayal of the courage, grit, and passion behind her record attempt, and interviews with the world's leading evolutionary biologists, including Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run, shed light on the science and psychology behind Nikki's incredible race against time.
For Nikki, this well-publicized run is more than a chance to inspire people to be active and spend time outdoors. It's her way of encouraging women and girls to take an equal place for themselves in professional sports.
Awards and Festival Appearances:
Best Action Sports Film - Danish Adventure Film Festival
Best Mountain Sports Film - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Best Women in Adventure Film/Gold Award & Best Running Film/Silver Award - Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
Finalist, Mountain Film Competition - Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival
Official Selection, Mumbai International Women's Film Festival
Official Selection, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Livingston Film Festival
Official Selection, Green Mountain Film Festival
The film was selected as one of ten films to tour with the Trails in Motion 3 World Tour, which traveled to 100 cities in 25 countries.
Produced by Jaime Lynn Jacobsen, 2014.