The Record Breaker

a film by BRIAN McGINN.

Winner of the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International ShortsFest, The Record Breaker tells the life story of Ashrita Furman, who holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual. A health food store owner and devotee of meditation, Furman travels the world creating new categories for record achievement, including marks for "Largest Hula Hoop," "Most Apples Sliced in Mid-Air with a Samurai Sword," and "Longest Distance Bicycling Underwater." In The Record Breaker we meet Furman, a singularly driven character, and his merry band of compatriots (including Champ the dog) as he’s about to attempt to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.


CREDITS

Written, Directed and Edited by

BRIAN McGINN


Produced by

METTE HEIDE


Director of Photography

STEVE MILLIGAN


Music by

SILAS HITE


Sound Design by

JACQUES PEDERSEN


Sound Effects Editor

HAMID HAGH


Consulting Sound Designer

PETER ALBRECHTSEN


Post Sound Facility

TONEMASTERS STUDIO, Copenhagen


Consulting Editor

JEAN TSIEN


Colorist

SANTIAGO PADILLA


Online and Conform

NEW HAT, Los Angeles


Archive Reseach

ELIZABETH KLINCK


Archive Provided by

THOUGHT EQUITY, BERNIE FURMAN, JESSIE FURMAN, KEDAR MISANI, MRIDANGA SPENCER


Production Help

LAWRENCE CHEN, EMILY FITZPATRICK, HAGAN WONG


Special Thanks

HOMAGNI BAPTISTA, THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, KETAN GOLDMAN, MARGIE GRADY, BIPIN LARKIN, VINAYA LEBENSEN, ROBERT McGINN, JESSICA RATHER.

Produced With The Support of The Danish Film Institute by Film Commissioner Klara Grunning-Harris

by +plus Pictures, 2012.

Festivals & Reviews

Festivals

"A swimmingly edited, life-affirming film. Genuinely touching."

— Robert Silva, IndieWire (Full Frame)


"Less than a feature and more than a short, it wins hands-down as the funniest documentary of the year."

— Marianna Torgovnick, TED (Full Frame)


"We, the audience, are invited to share in [Ashrita's] joy...a wonderful and delightful film."

— Mind Reels (HotDocs)


"Inspirational...imparting a life lesson: don't let the real world get in the way of what you want to accomplish with your life."

— Spotlight Toronto


"My favorite...from DocuWeeks this year. [An] entertaining profile that may just inspire you to get up and try new things and go for your goals."

— Christopher Campbell, Doc Channel Blog (IDA DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase)


"Surprisingly tender."

— Tip of My Tongue (Blog)


"Delightful and touching."

— Samantha Lui (HotDocs)


"Chasing what makes us happy may be the most important lesson The Record Breaker has taught us. Recommended."

— Music IS What Matters (HotDocs)


"Hilarious...light-hearted and filled with plenty of laughs, The Record Breaker is a wonderful short that both entertains and inspires."

— Big Thoughts From A Small Mind (HotDocs)


"Brightened my day — with inspiration, empathy, and hope...a good reminder to loosen up and enjoy the little things in life."

— All Things Candid (IDA DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase)



Filmmakers

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Director / Editor
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PORTRAITNAME Mette Heide
Producer
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PORTRAITNAME Steve Milligan
Director of Photography
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PORTRAITNAME Silas Hite
Original Music
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