Craig Mitchell is a Superior Court Judge in the ‘Skid Row’ district of Los Angeles where thousands of addicts and homeless live in the rough or in shelters. Day after day he was required by law to lock up criminals and throw away the key. He became determined to find a way to help those who had slipped through the cracks in society. His passion was running so he founded a club. He trained volunteers to run. If they stayed clean he offered them a chance to run a marathon of their choosing, anywhere in the world.
Skid Row Marathon is the uplifting true story of five runners whose lives had hit rock bottom. Running gives them a second chance. As they train, they begin to realize that dreams they once thought impossible become possible. The perilous streets of Skid Row are brimming with temptation. Relapse lurks around every corner. Can this unlikely collection keep their lives on track and cross the finish line?
New Town Utopia is a feature documentary film about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town seen through the prism of Basildon, Essex.
The narrative is guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon – on a journey through memory, place and performance. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.
It features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Sense of An Ending, Paddington) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.