Mighty Jerome (Short Version)

In 1959, at just 19, Harry Jerome was Canada's most promising track and field star on his way to the Olympics in Rome. By 1962, after suffering a gruesome leg injury, there was every reason to think that his racing days were over. But Jerome was not just a champion on the track; he was doubly determined off it. And so began his climb to what his coach, Bill Bowerman, called "the greatest comeback in track and field history."

Through years of unparalleled political turbulence, racial conflict and his own personal challenges, Harry Jerome kept his head down and ran, displaying strength of character and willful perseverance every bit as impressive as his record-setting athleticism.

Filmmaker Charles Officer uses gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage to tell the runner's triumphant story, from his early days in North Vancouver, through his three Olympics and his unequalled streak of records, to his sudden and tragically premature death. Family, friends and teammates recall a man who forever changed the Canadian sports landscape and made an indelible mark upon the world.

Compelling, surprising and urgently paced, Mighty Jerome will electrify sports fans, history buffs and all those with an appreciation for tales of courage and redemption.

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Film Credits

writer
Charles Officer
director
Charles Officer
producer
Selwyn Jacob
editor
Jesse James Miller
director of photography
John Price
original music composer
Schaun Tozer
spoken word performer
Saul Williams
sound design
Jonathan Ritchie
supervising sound editor
Jonathan Ritchie
sound recordist
Eric Davies
Tim Lue
dramatic re-enactment cast
Nykeem Provo
Claire Burns
Fidel Dwayne Hodge
art director
Diana Abbatangelo
set decorator
Perri Gorrara
wardrobe
Evilia Nikolouzos
makeup
Evilia Nikolouzos
graphics
Charles Officer
animation
Paul Morstad
archival research
Found Images Research
Sylvia Mezei
research
Stephen Brunt
Cheryl Foggo
re-recording mixer
Jonathan Ritchie

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