WELCOME TO SKID ROW MARATHON DOCUMENTARY

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.

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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.

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Judge Craig Mitchell

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.

THE RUNNERS

Ben was a professional musician who played bass guitar in a heavy metal band. Alcohol and drugs destroyed his career.

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Ben Shirley

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David started drawing when he was 6 years of age. He has been homeless since 2001 before moving into the Midnight Mission about in 2012.

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David Askew

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After living on the streets of his hometown of Bishop, CA and fighting alcohol and drug addiction for nearly 25 years, Ryan finally moved into the Midnight Mission in 2011 and has not had a drink or drug ever since.

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Ryan Navales

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Harris was working at a video company before alcohol abuse cost him his job. worked in corporate video before.

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Harris Johnson

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Rebecca was homeless off and on for about seven years as a result for her drug and alcohol problems.

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Rebecca Hayes

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While attending Middle School, Brian was living in a camper parked around the corner. One of six children, the family fell on hard times after his father was no longer able to work because of his worsening diabetes.

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Brian Langston

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At the age of 17, Rafael shot and killed a 15-year-old member of a rival gang. He was sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 2011 after serving 29 years of his sentence.

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Rafael Cabrera

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Originally from Senegal, Mody was attending college in New York, when his academic career was derailed by drugs and alcohol.

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Mody Diop

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Donald moved into the Midnight Mission in January 2014.
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Donald Conner

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