Run the North

A motley group of adventurers gather to challenge an extreme cold-weather marathon in the wilds of the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Each of these individuals has their own incredible story of what is driving them to do something most people would consider crazy, and along the way find an unexpected story of reconciliation between estranged communities.

  • Jake Bergen
    Director
  • Jake Bergen
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Travel, Sports, Social Justice, First Nations
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    February 24, 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE
    3rd Place - Feature Documentary
  • Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks | WIFTV | DOC BC
    Vancouver
    Canada
    June 28, 2017
Director Biography - Jake Bergen

Jake Bergen considers himself a late bloomer in filmmaking because of the fact that he was raised in a cult where the arts were considered largely taboo. He and his family were able to escape that toxic environment, and since that time Jake has focused on making his unrealized filmmaking aspirations a reality.

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Director Statement

Documenting the Polar Bear Marathon, the event that our film 'Run the North' is centred around, was an incredible experience. Filming was fast-paced, pure run-and-gun documentary filmmaking.

We left the event on a bit of a high, but came down to earth a short time later when we heard the tragic news of what was taking place in communities across the north such as Cross Lake, who declared a state of emergency due to a wave of suicides on a scale that seemed epidemic.

We felt that the messages contained in our film were ones that needed to get out. The examples of people coming together from all walks of life to support the indigenous communities of the north sets the stage for further hope, healing and positive change that we need to see more of. Not just in the north, but in the world at large.