A new documentary following a running group for homeless people in the notorious area of downtown Los Angeles arrives in London for preview screenings this week, and the Big Issue is delighted to be on board as one of the film’s media partners.
Skid Row Marathon follows a running group formed by Craig Mitchell, a 61-year-old superior court judge who runs alongside homeless people and recovering addicts every week.
Judge Mitchell founded the group in 2011 after visiting the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, which provides more than one million meals a year – alongside advice, shelter and help with issues around addiction – for some of the estimated 4,500 homeless people in Skid Row (an area of less than five square miles).
Recovery and running go hand in hand
As a keen runner himself, Judge Mitchell offered to lead the Midnight Mission’s residents on regular runs around Los Angeles. Filmmakers Gabi and Mark Hayes spent three years tracking the group’s progress – producing this inspirational documentary.
Skid Row Marathon will then be in cinemas nationwide for a special one-night-only release on May 9 – with tickets and information about screenings available here.