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Published on May 1st, 2020 | by Guest Editor


Transform Films Announce “Run For His Life” to Be Featured at Virtual Hot Docs Festival

May 1, 2020, New York – Leading production company Transform Films have announced that their compelling short form documentary Run For His Life, directed by Sebastian Sdaigui, is being featured during this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, taking place entirely online due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In addition, Run For His Life is participating in the festival’s online Doc shop, and is available to registered industry delegates for viewing now through May 31, 2020.

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the festival presents an outstanding selection of over 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Hot Docs’ mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers. The Hot Docs Festival Doc Shop is a secure market platform created to facilitate sales, acquisitions, and festival solicitations. Each year, The Doc Shop is accessed by hundreds of industry delegates including broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, and festival programmers.

Run For His Life tells the captivating story of Repeter ‘Pete’ Monsanto, a man who at first glance lives a glamorous life as a celebrity photographer working with Entertainment’s biggest names. Beneath that flashy exterior is a man with a father-sized hole in his life. When he was just six years old, Pete’s father, Peter Monsanto, was arrested and convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life without parole.  Pete remembers vividly when he was just six years old and law enforcement burst into his home in the middle of the night and took his father away.  Life had been good for him before that. Although Pete’s father was involved in questionable activities, he had remained a constant and reliable presence, whose sudden absence changed Pete’s life dramatically.

For 32 years, Pete and his father have worked to maintain a long-distance relationship, mostly by weekly phone conversations. Pete Sr. is now 69, and since his incarceration he has maintained a disciplined routine, keeping mind and body strong while running in the prison yard, and trying to be a positive force in his son’s life in spite of his criminal past and its consequences.  Pete is now the same age his father was when he was sent away. Inspired by his father’s strength and resilience, audiences follow Pete as he prepares to run the NYC Marathon and traverse the 26-mile race through his hometown, as homage to the man who never stopped showing him the way.

Run For His Life is directed by Sebastian Sdaigui and produced by Michelle Budnick. The film’s cinematography was done by Frances Chen, with Alex Trierweiler serving as Editor, Gavin Brivik as Composer of the musical score, and coloring done by The Mill.

Transform Films works with leading independent documentary filmmakers to produce compelling films with associated impact campaigns to mobilize change-makers to bring about a more just and compassionate world.

To register for the 2020 Hot Docs Film Festival, click here!

About Transform Films

Transform Films works with award-winning directors and producers to create powerful, thought-provoking documentaries that tell stories that illuminate the shared human experience. Transform Films’ documentaries appear at some of the most prestigious film festivals and can be found on popular broadcast and digital platforms. Recent accolades include a Peabody Award in 2018 and a Peabody nomination in 2019, Best Doc Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, a Special Prize for Human Rights at the Venice International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Festival. Their film Serving Life, which was executive produced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, launched Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club. For more information on Transform Films visit:

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