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     ROW HARD NO EXCUSES
USA, 2007, 88 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Luke Wolbach
Producer: Bill Wolbach & Luke Wolbach
Edited: Traci Loth & Luke Wolbach
Original Music: B. Quincy Griffin
Graphic Animation: Erik Dillinger
Cast: Tom Mailhot, John Zeigler
Executive Producer: Bill Wolbach

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Row Hard No Excuses chronicles the voyage of the only American entry in a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. It is both an exciting sports-adventure story and an intimate portrait of the two-man crew that explores masculinity, midlife and ambition. At 51 and 41, John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot are among the oldest competitors to participate in the 2001 Atlantic Rowing Challenge, a three thousand mile race from the Canary Islands to Barbados. They spend three years, and their personal savings, to make their dream of winning possible, but once on the water, their boat and their bodies don't respond as they'd imagined. Drawing from their compelling video diary at sea, the film engages the audience in the emotional challenges and rewards of their arduous journey. The unique perspective of Tori Murden, the first woman to row solo across an ocean, and the diverse chorus of other teams, men and women, young and old, add context to a meditation on shattered expectations and the pursuit of happiness.

Luke Wolbach
Directed by first time feature director Luke Wolbach, Row Hard No Excuses is a labor-of-love collaboration between he and his father Bill Wolbach. Luke is an award-winning filmmaker and editor residing in San Francisco. His first film, Seeds of Tibet: Voices of Children in Exile, which he co-produced and co-directed, was a half hour documentary about the lives of young Tibetan refugees at a school in Northern India. It was broadcast by PBS affiliates throughout the country and was awarded an Earthwatch Award, a Cine Eagle Award, and a documentary award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival. He has worked independently as an editor on projects that have broadcast on PBS, Bravo, and the National Geographic and Sundance channels. Row Hard No Excuses is his first collaboration with his father, Bill Wolbach.
 
Showings
06/8/07 02:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/10/07 04:30 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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