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The 25,000 Mile Love Story chronicles the amazing journey of endurance athlete, Serge Roetheli, as he endeavors to run a distance equal to the earth's circumference to bring awareness and raise money for the world's impoverished children. Accompanied by his wife Nicole, who drove a motorcycle with their supplies and pup tent in tow, their unforgettable journey spans five years covering six continents and unforgiving landscapes. Confronted with challenges that pushed them beyond their limits, the Roethelis battled against extreme weather, civil unrest, and near-death illnesses. Remarkably, they survived it all.At the heart of their journey is a love story; a relationship of two people who believe in achieving the impossible, and whose story ends with a shocking twist. Swiss endurance athlete Serge Roetheli's thirst for adventure and desire to raise money and awareness for children suffering across the globe propelled him to run a distance equal to the earth's circumference. Accompanied by his equally adventurous wife Nicole, who drove a motorcycle with their supplies and pup tent in tow, they planned and executed the journey of a lifetime. Leaving from Sion, Switzerland in 2000, they returned five years later having traversed six continents and thirty-five countries. Alone in the world's most unforgiving landscapes, they confronted challenges that threatened to push them beyond their physical and emotional limits; extreme weather, civil unrest, deadly disease, horrific poverty and a variety of other life-threatening events. Their RUN FOR KIDS also raised approximately $400,000 to support children's centers in many of the countries they visited.THE 25,000 MILE LOVE STORY is exactly that; an inspirational love story about two peopleand their philosophy who believed in themselves. They had a genuine concern for the world's impoverished children and were willing to pay the price to achieve their almostimpossible dream. Serge and Nicole Roetheli journeyed in search of love, life, nature, and adventure, and while finding all of those things, found themselves too. (86 minutes)   

Cinematography: Serge Roetheli, Nicole Roetheli   
Producer/Editor: Brian Kallies   
Writer/Director: John Davies    

Plays with the following short:
Beyond Silence: Maybe it’s the ‘Hearing’ who are impaired…
India arguably has the largest deaf population in the world, but it is said that the number of certified interpreters are 250 for around 18 million deaf people! Sign language is still not an officially recognized language by the government. The country has no captions on television, no instructions for deaf people at public places, no TTY, no instruction through sign language in deaf schools and no deaf college or a university for deaf people.
Beyond Silence
is a documentary made with an intention of understanding these hidden voices in their own “words, language, and culture.” It is a humble attempt to acknowledge the existence of a living, competent, and thinking deaf community that has the ability to communicate “beyond silence.” The film is a celebration of deafness. It tries to explore and bring about a strong emotion of self-confidence and belief among deaf people. The film nowhere depicts the lives of deaf people as people with disabilities, on the contrary it questions and argues about concepts and ideas about 'being handicapped’.
I hope the exhibition of this documentary helps deaf community in India to strengthen their fight for their basic rights, like the recognition and adoption of sign language in schools and in the community at large; awareness about deaf culture and motivating the entertainment media in the country to adopt captioning. (15 Minutes)

Director: Vidyut Latay

The award-winning Downtown Film Festival L.A., now in its 5th year, will be held this year July 10-20 at the Downtown Independent Theater, the AT&T Center Theater, The Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater, and alternative venues throughout downtown, July 10-20.

This year’s festival will screen more than 100 films — features, documentaries and shorts — from local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will showcase Los Angeles premieres from other leading festivals including Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW and Tribeca. Winners from the festival’s international digital shorts competition will be presented at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art during the July 11th Downtown L.A. Art Walk. A special showcase of 3-D short films from France will screen on Sunday, July 14th.

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Event Location


Downtown Independent Theater

251 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

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Serge Roetheli / Nicole Roetheli