THE BEAUTY OF THE IRRATIONAL
South Africa, 6 minutes, 2012
Directed by Dean Leslie, Produced by Gregory Fell
Sunday February 10th, 7:30pm
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Ryan Sandes, a South African Ultra-Runner, returns to the claustrophobic open space of the Fish River Canyon in Namibia to run the 5 day, 84km Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail in the fastest time possible.
Namibia is the one Ultra-Marathon location that has troubled Ryan. In 2009, he was disappointed by his second place finish in a 250km Stage race through the canyon and the Namib Desert. Then, in 2011, Sandes had to call off his Fish River Canyon attempt due to the threat from a rising river.
The act of running in the wild is very basic, almost primal. It is an utterly simple, beautiful thing that can be both scary and fascinating. In this short film, Ryan provides insight into his mindset and life philosophy. He continually seeks to step out of his comfort zone to learn, discover and experience.
The Beauty of the Irrational is the story of an unusual man, following his heart. Risking everything, and nothing. Running through a wild landscape for no reason at all other than because he wants to.
Ryan completed the run, self-supported, in a record time of 6h57min.
Director, Dean Leslie
Dean Leslie is a South African Filmmaker and Co-Owner of Cape Town based independent film production company, The African Attachment. He has experience on a wide range of local and international productions and has worked as a producer, director, cinematographer, photographer and editor.
He was the cinematographer for ‘Interviews Unit’ on the Academy Award nominated feature film, ’District 9’. He edited the International short film, ‘Pumzi’, for Focus Features (USA) and Inspired Minority Pictures, which won Best International Short at Cannes Independent Film Festival and was a favourite at the 2010 Sundance International Film Festival.
He produced, directed and edited the critically acclaimed South African documentary,’12 Mile Stone’, alongside Greg Fell, and has directed a string of music videos for some of South Africa’s top bands including Die Heuwels Fantasties, The Parlotones, The Dirty Skirts, aKING and Ashtray Electric.
In the past few years Dean has slowly started to make inroads in the adventure film market which began in 2009 with a four year long production of the documentary feature, "Wandering Fever". Currently in post-production, the film was shot on all 7 continents and explores the idea of why we run through the story of South African elite ultra runner Ryan Sandes.
In 2011, Dean directed a documentary as well as a series of shorts for French mountain sports company, Salomon SAS. Following the story of Kilian Jornet, the film, "5 Races 5 Continents" has been distributed globally and has screened at International film festivals.