After the release of a teaser trailer almost a year ago, the first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon is finally coming to theaters. “BOSTON,” produced by LA Roma Films and directed by Jon Dunham, the award-winning filmmaker of the “Spirit of the Marathon” films, will tell the rich story of the Boston Marathon from its beginning in 1897 to present day. The film will chronicle the growth, change, triumph and tragedy of the iconic race, demonstrating how it has both reflected and catalyzed social change.
Academy Award winner Matt Damon will be narrating the film. Due to his ties to Boston—both his father and brother, Kent, have run the race four times—Damon’s role as narrator perfectly complements director Jon Dunham’s vision for the movie as an everlasting record of the race.
“Some of my most vivid childhood sports memories took form…by the side of the road near the fire station on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton…as enervated runners from around the world confront the historic Heartbreak Hill(s). I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked first for Bill Rodgers, and then, in the very same race as some of the most talented runners on earth, our smiling (and grimacing) 40-year-old dad,” Damon expressed in his introduction to John Hanc’s book, The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History of The Boston Athletic Association 1887-2012.
The world premiere will take place on One Boston Day, April 15, two days before the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, at the Boch Center Wang Theater. Tickets for the general public go on sale on Feb. 4, and can be purchased here for an exclusive first viewing of the film. A portion of every ticket sold will go toward supporting the creation of a new Boston park, named in honor of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information on the park or to donate, go to their CrowdRise page.
If you’re unable to attend the world premiere, “BOSTON” will be released in cinemas across North America on April 19.