Photo: Director Jon Dunham directs American distance runner Shalane Flanagan Photo Credit: Cheryl Treworgy
The BOSTON Premiere at the Boch Center Wang Theatre this past April raised $76,000 for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is named in honor of Martin Richard, who was eight years old when he was tragically killed at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 on Boylston Street.
Directed by award winning filmmaker-marathoner Jon Dunham, well known for his “Spirit of the Marathon” documentaries, BOSTON chronicles the celebrated history of the Boston Marathon, from its origins in 1897 through 2014’s triumphant race, and features many of the greatest marathoners ever to have run the Hopkinton to Boston route.
The filmmakers spent three years recording interviews with champions and runners from around the world, as well as the stories of members of the Boston Marathon communities. The production was granted exclusive documentary rights from the Boston Athletic Association to produce the film and to use the Association’s extensive archive of video, photos and memorabilia.
The BOSTON World Premiere, presented by John Hancock and The Boston Athletic Association, with support from WBZ-TV, took place at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on April 15, 2017.
A portion of every ticket sold to the world premiere was designated to support the Foundation and additional donations were made from attendees, sponsors and the public. The funds will to be used in support of Martin’s Park, a universally accessible park for families and visitors of all abilities located in Boston along the Fort Point Channel. They are expected to break ground on the park later this summer.
“BOSTON was an incredible film to make and we were honored to be able to tell the story of this epic event,” Megan Williams, producer of BOSTON, said in a press release. “To know that, through the world premiere, we have played a small role in bringing Martin’s Park to the city, makes it even more special. We all look forward to visiting the park once it is completed.”
Individuals are still encouraged to contribute to Martin’s Park by visiting www.crowdrise.com/