Skid Row Marathon is a feature length documentary that follows Judge Craig Mitchell and his running club as they prepare for a variety of running events including the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, the LA Marathon and the upcoming Rome Marathon to be held in March 2015.
Many of the club members have been living on the streets or in homeless shelters for significant periods of time. They’ve lost everything – their homes, their jobs, their families and relationships. As they run with the Judge, they struggle with their demons and attempt to regain their self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Not everyone succeeds.
Fifteen club members ran the 2014 LA Marathon. Each runner experienced an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
This coming March, Judge Mitchell will take over 10 runners to the Rome Marathon in March 2015.
This is the inspiring story of how one man can make a difference. It is the story of how talented individuals succumb to addiction and wind up homeless and how these same individuals, when given a given a second chance, reconnect with their life’s passions and fight their way back to becoming productive members of society.
We continue to follow each of our “characters” on their journey from skid row to self-sufficiency.
We plan to complete the project by September 2015.
Homeless people in Los Angeles
There are an estimated 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, which represents the largest concentration of homeless in the nation. It is a complex problem with no easy fixes. Just because it’s a difficult problem doesn’t mean we can’t do something now. Our project will show that people are getting involved and making a difference. We hope to inspire others to become part of the solution, each in their own way.
After teaching high school in South Central Los Angeles for more than 17 years, Craig Mitchell decided to go to law school. After working as a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney’s office, he became a judge in 2005.
An avid runner, the Judge then started a running club on skid row with a few residents of the Midnight Mission, missions serving the homeless community in L.A. for 100 years. The group runs through downtown three times a week.
Last October, the Judge then decided to invite several of the most committed runners to Accra, Ghana, to run a marathon to benefit a longevity project to help save lives and promote health and wellness in Africa. It was a life changing experience for all who participated (including the film crew!)
The Judges goal is to take 12 runners to run in the Rome Marathon in March 2015.