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CITY SLICKERS CAN’T STAY WITH ME

The Coach Bob Larsen Story

 

Press Notes

FILM SYNOPSIS

Dedication, discipline, drive and heart are qualities in all great long distance runners and in all those who reach for the American Dream. They are also at the core of the documentary; City Slickers Can't Stay With Me.

City Slickers Can't Stay With Me tells the story of Hall of Fame distance running coach Bob Larsen, tracing his extraordinary career from his roots at San Diego State through coaching at Monte Vista High, Grossmont College, and then his 20 record-breaking years at UCLA. Framing the film’s narrative is Coach Larsen’s collaboration with long-time protege, Marathon Champion, Meb Keflezighi, and their pivotal role— along with Deena Kastor and Coach Joe Vigil— in rebuilding the status of American long distance running internationally.

Mebrahtom (Meb) Keflezighi is a world class distance runner with a unique American success story. Born during a war of Independence in Eritrea, Meb and his family were forced to flee the war torn country when he was only 10 years old. They eventually settled in San Diego, CA, setting Meb on a path to represent the United States as an Olympic distance runner in 2000, 2004, and 2012, winning the Silver Medal in 2004 marathon. Through Meb, City Slickers Can't Stay With Me reminds us that great achievements are rarely made on one's own.

The film features breathtaking footage, including Meb’s victory at the Boston Marathon in 2014 (the first American man to win Boston in 31years), plus training at altitude in Mammoth Lakes, rare photos and exclusive, in-depth interviews with running greats such as Meb, Deena, Alberto Salazar and many more. City Slickers Can't Stay With Me illustrates what continues to make Coach Bob Larsen such an influential figure in his field. His ability to galvanize the emotional, intellectual, and physiological components of his runners has garnered unwavering respect from his athletes, former athletes, his peers, and has produced winning teams and star athletes from unlikely circumstances.

THE FILMMAKERS

Director Robert Lusitana, RJL, LLC Films, of Cardiff, California, ran for Coach Larsen at Grossmont College, UCLA, and later as a member of the Jamul Toads Running Club. He describes Larsen as “A great leader of men,” and sees the project as an opportunity to pay tribute to his former coach.

Writer/Producer Robert Kirk is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker with over 30 years of television, feature film, commercial and interactive experience. He was Executive Producer of the popular History Channel series Mail Call and Dogfights, as well as the truTv series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice. His feature documentary, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS.

Producer Donna Lusitana is an Emmy nominated documentary producer with over 1,000 hours of episodic work to her credit. As founding partner in Greystone Communications, Ms. Lusitana has executive produced numerous series for both broadcast and cable networks including NBC, History Channel, A & E Networks, Discovery Networks, the Food Network, FX and many others. Her current company, Extant Media, is a production partner in City Slickers Can’t Stay With Me.

Contact: Rob Kirk 310 379-1771

rob@thestorystudio.com

 

Production Credits

Produced and Directed by

ROBERT LUSITANA

Producers

ROBERT KIRK

DONNA E. LUSITANA

Editor

R. L. SHONTELL

Director of Photography

JEFF DURKIN

Sound Recordist

JOHN R. LUSITANA

Associate Producer

SEAN MARIN

Graphic Design

NATE REIFKE

Graphic Animation

JEFF KLARIN/BUGHOUSE

Music

Composed by

DYLAN BERRY, RICHARD LAUW, STEFAN LITROWNIK

Additional Compositions

SMASH HAUS

Copyright @2015 RJL,LLC.

 

STILL PHOTOS

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Image Captions

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Coach Bob Larsen offers encouragement from the sidelines during the annual

UCLA Alumni Cross Country race on San Vincente Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Photographer: MIchael Lohr

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Coach Bob Larsen on the Canyon Crest Academy track field in San Diego, CA.

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Coach Bob Larsen offers encouragement from the sidelines during the annual

UCLA Alumni Cross Country race on San Vincente Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Photographer: MIchael Lohr

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Coach Bob Larsen offers encouragement from the sidelines during the annual

UCLA Alumni Cross Country race on San Vincente Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Photographer: MIchael Lohr

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Meb Keflezighi (center) flanked by long-time coach Bob Larsen (right) is

interviewed by WBZ4 reporter Steve Burton (left) after winning the 2014 Boston

Marathon

Photographer: Tim Kilduff

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Meb Keflezighi responds to the crowd chanting "USA, USA, USA" as he takes the

lead to win the 2014 Boston Marathon - the first American to win it since Greg

Meyer in 1983.

Photographer: Tim Kilduff

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