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Ryan Sterner & Stephen Kersh on Directing “A Time And A Place” – A Documentary on NAZ Elite’s Road to Atlanta

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Ryan Sterner and Stephen Kersh join me for this bonus episode of The CITIUS MAG Podcast to discuss their documentary “A Time And A Place” – which follows Northern Arizona Elite’s road to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

As I wrote in the CITIUS MAG Newsletter: “Many of us know how the story ends and if you don’t then major spoiler: Aliphine Tuliamuk ends up making the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics. But what you don’t know is what the road to get to Atlanta looked like. Over the past 12 months, maybe you’ve caught interviews with the athletes about the preparation and some of the workouts but this film packages it all together and really helps paint the picture of what this pursuit ultimately means for each of the athletes. I highly recommend you check out the film.”

World-renowned film critic Paul Snyder wrote a glowing review of the movie.

There are very few tickets remaining for the film’s virtual world premiere on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET. Get your tickets today.

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SHOW NOTES AND QUOTES

– “There was a moment where Stephen and I were like, ‘Well…it looks like NAZ is going to have the top three men and the top three women at the Trials. They’re going to have six Olympians.'” – Ryan Sterner

– “We ran from mile 23 to mile 25. Obviously, we’re taking tangents but I had my camera backpack on and camera in hand. Ben Rosario is sprinting through the streets. I would say that we ran a mile and a half. For me, it felt like forever. I was chasing Ben through the streets of Atlanta. I was with Ben the whole day. He would occasionally look at me, ask me questions or give me these updates that he was getting. I really didn’t know what to do. In my mind, I was like, ‘Should I be answering his questions? Should I just have this camera pointed at him?’…With 800 meters to go and Allie has a clear break from the field, he was getting updates before he sees her. He’s very good at being very even-keeled but he looked at me and there was just this wild look in his eye. She comes around that corner and you can hear me. I wasn’t really able to hold back. I was screaming too.” – Ryan Sterner

– “I just want someone to feel something. I think there’s a lot that you can feel through this whole film. Everyone goes through something. Yes, there’s a huge win at the end but there’s also the struggle for everybody else. I think we’ve all been there. I hope people leave with a little understanding of everyone’s own trials and tribulations in these sorts of processes and can relate that to their own lives somehow.” – Stephen Kersh

– “This has been the most fulfilling project we’ve worked on ever.” – Ryan Sterner


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