“The Hard Way,” the inspirational story about 89-year-old ultra runner Bob Hayes who is still running for his life and the film based on him is the finalist for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The film will premiere on 20th October, Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Bozeman, Ellen Theatre.
The life story of Bob Hayes was documented by independent filmmakers of Montana, Erik Petersen of Clyde Park, and Jeremy Lurgio, of Missoula. They spent almost a year in Hayes documentary about he stays active and vital while he is now approaching 90’s.
Bob Hayes pursues activities like tapping his maple leaf, cutting firewood by hand and also, each year he runs for more than 30 races.
According to Erik Peterson, “Bob Hayes lives an authentic, inspirational life, and we were lucky enough to document that,” Petersen said. “
He also added that on being selected as a finalist to Banff is just icing on the cake.
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in its 41 years is now recognized as one of the most prestigious and iconic mountain festivals in the world that are being presented by National Geographic and The North Face.
The festival is said to be taking place between Oct. 29–Nov. 6 at Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta and the screening of “The Hard Way” is scheduled in Banff respectively on 5 and 6 November and will also screen on 5th November in Missoula at The Wilma Theater.
This is not the first that the documentary film is going to an festival, previously the documentary was awarded as the Best Short in The Trail Running Film Festival.