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Beer Runners

Still reeling from a devastating divorce, Philadelphian David April went out for a run and afterwards grabbed a beer in the name of science. Seven years and several thousand miles later, the beer running movement he and his friend Eric Fiedler began continues to flourish.

Justin Wirtalla’s inspiring documentary is a celebration of the small actions that can affect the lives of so many others. “To the Professor!” is the toast declared every Thursday at the end of a run. The professor in question is Manuel Castillo of the University of Granada, who conducted a study on the positive effects of drinking beer after exercise. This is the scientific foundation upon which the Fishtown Beer Runners have built their running movement. The film follows the genesis of this eclectic group of well-seasoned runners and newbies alike as they meet each week to promote exercise, camaraderie, and great-tasting beer, culminating in a pilgrimage to Spain where they finally meet their patron saint, the Professor.

DIRECTOR: Justin Wirtalla
YEAR: 2014
LENGTH: 70 min
Sunday, November 1

3:25pm EST