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The Road Less Run

For three years, with courage, tenacity and sweat, Scott and Honza have fueled a revolution in perception. This year, they will compete in another marathon as a team. “Everything,” Scott says, “can be accomplished, if you do it together.” Now, as more people begin to witness amazing new horizons of human potential, the idea is catching on.‘The Road Less Run’ is the incredible true story of how one dream broke down barriers, changed an entire community and inspired people all over the world.

  • Kristyna Balaban
  • Paul Dean
  • Kristyna Balaban
  • Paul Dean
  • Dean Bedford
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Běh cestou nevyšlapanou
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  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
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Director Biography - Kristyna Balaban, Paul Dean

Paul Dean is a writer, director, cinematographer, producer and filmmaker from England. He has over 15 years of experience in filmmaking, and over seven years in the Czech film industry - working on feature films, short films, commercials, in-house videos, music videos and student film projects. He also spent four years as a Senior Marketing Manager for Bolton Council in England, and ran his own successful music magazine for four years. He has extensive contacts within the Czech film industry and is able to produce videos ranging from small, highly efficient projects to major promotional campaigns.

Paul Dean has been writing and directing short films, commercials, in-house videos and music videos for 15 years. Selected for a script writing course with North West Vision (UK Film Council), ‘First Take: Distinct Voices, Diverse Lives’, Paul set about writing and directing his first 15 minute short “The Lovers” - eventually earning praise for the quality and scope of the zero-budget film. He was then shortlisted for the ‘NW Vision Digishorts’ scheme where he developed his craft under mentor Paul Fraser, writer on the Shane Meadow’s film, “Dead Man’s Shoes”. He has since gone on to write and direct on many projects.

After more than a decade in the film industry, Paul has worked in just about every department on set - on both sides of the camera - and he continues to work as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor. He has recently finished editing his first feature length documentary, "The Road Less Run", and has just completed two short films, "Today's the Day" and "A Box Full of Baggage."

Kristyna Balaban is documentary filmmaker and interdisciplinary media artist originating from Toronto, Canada. She graduated from Social Anthropology at the University of Toronto and has a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. In Toronto she worked on the National Film Board of Canada’s Emmy- winning HIGHRISE project, and produced and shot videos for independent media. In 2013 she moved to Prague where she established herself as a freelancer working on both documentaries and fiction films. She enjoys teaching workshops on topics like social issue documentary film-making and has taught in places such as Kathmandu, Beijing, and Toronto. Kristyna was the coordinator for Ex Oriente Film educational program and East Doc Forum from 2015- 2017, and the head of the program in 2018/2019.

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Director Statement

The Road Less Run started after a chance meeting with Scott who wanted someone to film his last race with Honza, it then turned in to a massive seven year journey and this film. Struggling with time commitments, lack of money and an urge to tell this story the best way possible and to do justice to the hundreds of volunteers and athletes for whom this is so important. He is so proud that Kristyna and he can now show this film to the world and, hopefully, inspire others to get involved.