Closing Night Film: Crossing the Line
2016, UK, documentary, 94 minutes, director: David Tryhorn
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 7:45PM | CANADIAN PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
In 1984, an unknown teenager from South Central LA burst on to the global stage by winning an Olympic silver medal in the 400m hurdles. Three years later, Danny Harris became the first person in over a decade to beat the legendary Edwin Moses. Yet his failure to qualify for the 1988 Seoul Olympics led, Harris into a period of depression and addiction. Orphaned at 14, Olympic star at 18, crack cocaine addict at 22, and finished at 30, this is the dramatic story of Danny Harris’s rise, fall and eventual redemption.
2016, documentary, UK, 8 minutes, director: Jon Drever
North American Premiere
As a child, Ben Abdelnoor loved the outdoors and love to run. Then one awful day, he broke his back. Defying expectations, Ben fought back from his injury to become a champion endurance runner.
2015, fiction, US, 22 minutes, director: Liv Prior Colliander
Reeling in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide attempt, a young swimmer works through her trauma in the water while desperately trying to break the wall of silence at home.