Making the Documentary

Hey All –

As many of you know, making a documentary is not an easy task, let alone trying to fundraise enough money to film a race in the Atacama Desert in 30 days – March 4 2012!
This spring Racing The Planet ( will host The Atacama Crossing, a seven day, self-supported, 250km race in some of the harshest desert conditions on the planet.The Atacama Crossing is part of Racing the Planet’s Four Desert Series with annual races taking place in the Sahara desert in Egypt, the Gobi Desert in China and Antarctica.  178 participants from around the globe will compete in this year’s Atacama Crossing.  The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world – rainfall has never been recorded in certain areas of the desert.
What brings 178 participants here to run over 250 km in 7 days?
What do humans seek to accomplish by running an ultramarathon?  What could motivate a person to subject themselves to this physical and mental challenge?  What kind of person has the discipline to train for such a task?  How do their families, friends and significant others feel about their decision? What are the health risks involved?  What do they experience along the journey?  Who do they meet?  How do relationships play out among the runners?  Are runners competing with each other or themselves?  How do other cultures from around the globe approach the race?
”More Chilean than Beans” aims to provide insight into these questions by filming the journey of New York based photographer Zandy Mangold as he takes on the challenge.  Half-chilean, Mangold will return to a country he first visited as a child during the Pinochet regime.  We will follow his training from NYC to the Bahamas and down to Chile searching for an answer.
We can’t share this story without your support and are trying to fundraise $20,000 ($16,000 min for just the cost of production and then an additional $4,000 for editing and post) in the next 30 days.  A seemingly impossible task but every little donation helps. To support the cause please donate through the Paypal button below: 
Thank You!

The race is on!

Zandy Mangold in local Chilean newspaper!

We are up on kickstarter!

After a week of filming in the Bahamas – we’re finally up!

Check the trailer and us out on kickstarter:



Mangold’s Challenge is running the race.  Our Challenge is figuring out how to make sharing this story a possibility! What makes this so difficult?

Our pressing Timeline/ Itinerary:

Feb.6-Feb. 9th, 2012: Shoot Zandy running a practice race in the Bahamas and film Zandy’s family and father Tomas – a WWII Jewish refugee who once worked in the desert mines of northern Chile.  Tomas will be returning for the first time in over 25 years to northern Chile to support his son at the end of the race and reconnect with a land he once knew.

Feb. 27, 2012– Fly down to Calama Airport, Chile a few days before the race.  Adjust to the altitude, head to San Pedro, begin filming.

March 4-11, 2012 – 7 days of running and filming through the driest desert of the world!

March 12 – 15, 2012 – RECOVER

March 15, 2012 – Begin Edit

Why not shoot next year? This is a time dependant story based on the course of an individuals life in motion.  As we all know – a documentary is about capturing the story of THE moment – thus we’re in a time crunch! Please help support the cause.

The Atacama Desert

“The course of the Atacama Crossing follows a wide variety of terrains and includes approximately 3,500 meters of ascents and descents over the 7-day race.

Starting at above 3,000 meters in the Arcoiris Valley, the race gradually descends over the six stages to finish in the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama at an elevation of 2,400 meters.

Mangold, will tackle sand-dunes, river crossings, gravel, loose rocks, hard packed earth and even waist high grass during the event. This is in addition to the infamous salt flats that even the most dexterous of runners find nearly impossible to cross at full-speed.” – Racing the Planet