New England Council member John Hancock Financial announced that it will be partnering with LA Roma Films to sponsor a new documentary about the Boston Marathon. The documentary is being directed by Jon Dunham and produced by Megan Williams, it will be the first feature-length film about the Boston Marathon.
The film, titled “Boston,” takes a broader look at the 120-year-old race. John Hancock has been a principal sponsor of the race for over 30 years, since it helped rescue the race from financial trouble. The director reached out to the Boston Athletic Association to begin filming in early 2013. The documentary is set to be released in late 2016 and about 80% of the filming is already complete. Financial support from John Hancock will help the filmmakers ensure that the rest of the documentary will be funded.
Robert Friedman, head of Sponsorship and Event Marketing at John Hancock, welcomes the partnership with LA Roma. “The Boston Marathon is the oldest annually run and most historic marathon in the world,” said Friedman. “We are excited to support Jon and Megan as they create a world class documentary. This event touches the lives of millions of people each year and whether you are here in Boston or watching the race from across the globe, you can’t help but be swept up in the extraordinary emotion that is the Boston Marathon. This film will certainly capture all of the moments that have made, and will continue to make, this race unlike any other.”
For more information see this Boston Globe article or this John Hancock press release. Additionally, a trailer for the documentary can be seen here.