*Thanks for watching LDR during our 1 week free screening window. If you missed it, check back soon to rent or purchase through Vimeo on Demand. A moving, low-def collage of a long-distance relationship cut together from years of home video footage. After his father's death In 2000, filmmaker Jeff Giordano bought a hi-8 video camera and began documenting his life, initially focusing his lens on experimental music performances until he gradually comes to know Tomoko, a young woman from Japan he meets while attending college in Pennsylvania. They eventually fall in love and Giordano vows to make a documentary about their relationship. "I never told Tomoko that I dreamt about her." An amorphous small-scale saga concerning love, where it begins, how it grows, when it goes away. It's a touching experience particularly because it doesn't simplify itself, it's fragmented & repetitive, and because it captures so many vivid life moments, fleeting, modest, but never inconsequential. As the years stack up, we see Jeff go from filming Rugby games in college to years working as a garbage man, to traveling with Tomoko in Japan and Australia, and it's like we're watching someone's actual existence, an intimate video diary entry made for a loved one, not meant for public consumption, a vicarious view. Director and subject Jeff Giordano is a fascinating figure and Long Distance Runners, a worthy memoir. It captures two unique personalities and the difficulty of their relationship, moments of love and confusion across continents & between cultures. "Do you think you could be completely happy living in Japan?" It's expressive, but doesn't exaggerate the moment, a trait encapsulated by something Tomoko casually says near the end while talking to Jeff, the camera: "I think maybe I feel good because of you. Whenever I am in really really bad condition, you always make me happy. Because I love you. I just love you, Jeff," before self-consciously admitting that perhaps this is the denouement: "It's gonna be the last minute of our experimental film." NoBudge is happy to present Long-Distance Runners: A Cross-Cultural Love Story as an Online Premiere. ***Only available free for 1 week; ends Sept. 4th*** 66 minutes. Directed by, co-edited and starring Jeff M. Giordano.
“I like this epic love song, "Long Distance Runners." It reminds me of Alain Resnais’ "Hiroshima Mon Amour," Ross McElwee’s "Sherman’s March" and Chris Marker’s "San Soleil" rolled into one. The film chronicles the roller coaster of emotions that define young love: passion, intensity, and breathlessness. Jeff and Tomoko are like two young lovers on the run, and take us on a whirlwind tour of several continents.” –Michel Negroponte (documentary filmmaker: "Jupiter’s Wife," "I’m Dangerous with Love".