On November 8th, Film Festival Flix will premiere “The Athlete,” the story of legendary marathon runner, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Abebe Bikila starring Rasselas Lakew and directed by Lakew and Davey Frankel. Considered one of the greatest long-distance runners in history, Bikila stunned the world when he won the 1960 Olympic Marathon running barefoot. He was the first Black African to win an Olympic Gold medal and the first man to win consecutive Gold Medals in the marathon. After an automobile accident in his native Ethiopia rendered Bikila an incomplete quadriplegic, Bikila discovered a deeper meaning of competition -- as an archer in the Paralympics and a dogsledder in Norway.
The winner of more than 15 International Film Festival Awards, including the "Best in Fest" at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the "Lions Award" at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Film Festival Flix brings this biopic to the Laemmle NoHo 7, with a pre-show red carpet, ticket holder reception and Q&A with the filmmakers.
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Film Festival Flix brings the film festival experience to audiences across the country. Each month, film enthusiasts in select cities are offered an All Access pass to the “Best of the Fests,” and a chance to enjoy festival events in the comfort of a local theater in their home town. Film Festival Flix’ CEO Benjamin Oberman is working with his wife, Melina Jampolis, Diet & Fitness expert for CNN, to help the organization fight childhood obesity through this November event and year-round.
Next Thursday, November 8, 2012, Film Festival Flix will feature “The Athlete,” at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 at 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood. Red carpet photos begin at 7:00pm followed by the screening at 7:30pm, a Q&A with the filmmakers following and a ticket holder reception at Big Wangs to cap the evening.
Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at www.FilmFestivalFlix.com/film/the-athlete. Purchase advance tickets online to be in the running to win a pair of Bikila Barefoot Running shoes donated by Vibram Five Fingers ($100 value) and 4 EFT sessions from the California Community Center for Acupuncture. BLVD Hotel & Spa, Designer Whey, Runnergy Performance Footwear and Big Wangs are generous sponsors of the November 8, Film Festival Flix event.
“The Athlete” will open theatrically in Los Angeles November 30, 2012. “The Athlete” is available for Download and Streaming purchase at www.FilmFestivalFlix.com.
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