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MST Alum, Christoph Baaden’s Feature Debut hits theaters 1-11-11

HOOD TO COAST follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. The film captures the love, dedication, and insanity of the every day runner as well as the excitement, pain, and humor of the unprepared first timer. Their stories are reminders that no matter who you are, you can push yourself beyond where you thought your limits were.

Each year 1,000 teams (12,000 runners) in 2,000 vans cover 197 grueling miles as a relay, putting themselves through an arduous physical journey that as an individual would be impossible.

Some run to test their personal limits, some to overcome personal obstacles, and others leap in blindly looking for a way to shake up a complacent life. As we follow four teams from their preparations through the big day, we realize that winning isn’t everything in a film that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary.


“Hood to Coast is one stunning sports film”

– The Huffington Post

“Beautifully shot and heartfelt doc … you can taste the sweat, feel the pain, and relish the humanity”

– Austin Chronicle

“They’ve crafted an engaging slice of Americana that almost manages to make backbreaking physical exertion look like a hell of a good time.”

– The Onion AV Club

“If one movie captures the runner’s high – Hood To Coast is it!””

– Bart Yasso, Runner’s World

“An incredibly uplifting and entertaining tale about joining together with people and taking on something you’d never be able to do by yourself. It just doesn’t get much better than that, so do yourself a favor and see this as soon as possible.”

– Sideonetrackone.com

“We have a winner. Huge fan”

– TheScorecardReview.com

Baaden graduated the Broadcasting & Cinema Masters program in 2001, Winning a Student Emmy with his Master’s thesis. Hood to Coast was shot in HD and hits 500 theaters in all 50 states nationwide January 11, 2011.



Written by uncgmst

November 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Posted in Alumni News

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