by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Metaphoric consideration of running a marathon you can’t afford to lose.
2019  ·  4m  ·  Canada
About the Film

The companion film to its breakout counterpart BLACK BODIES, this stunning short provokes (metaphoric) consideration of running a marathon you can’t afford to lose. After dealing with a high-profile incident of racial bias in California this past year Kelly Fyffe-Marshall was compelled to turn to art for healing as a way to work through the trauma.

Through this process MARATHON was born, allegorically taking the the viewer on a journey of a black man through history — asking the question, what is it like to be Black in 2018? Teaming back up with cinematographer Jordan Oram (GOD’S PLAN, IN MY FEELINGS) the duo sought out to create a piece that was visually captivating, emotive, and honoured the endurance and power of people of colour to persevere.

Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

Tamar Bird and Sasha Leigh Henry
Director of Photography
Jordan Oram
Sound Designer
Kofi Boachie-Ansah
Komi Olaf and Donisha Prendergast
About the Director

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Portrait of Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Portrait of Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is a dedicated director, screenwriter and social activist striving to solidify her mark in the world.

Kelly has directed music videos, documentaries, narratives and branded content and with her vast experience she has also been invited to be a juror for the Canadian Academy of Film and Television as well as several film festivals.

Her work includes award-winning short film Haven (18), which premiered at SXSW as well as winning Audience Choice, in a room full of peers at BAFTA and most recently her two-part short film Black Bodies (20), Marathon (20) which was a response birthed from a viral racial incident that happened to her and three peers in California. This incident also birthed a non-profit organization We Have The Right To Be Right (RTBR) which is a collective of artists that align with social advocacy. After the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, her team decided to release Marathon online where it has amassed 20k+ views. Black Bodies was officially selected for TIFF 20, Canada’s Top Ten, nominated for best Canadian short and Kelly was awarded with the TIFF 20 x Shawn Mendes Foundation ChangeMaker Award for social change through film. Black Bodies has recently been officially selected for Sundance Film Festival 2021, having its US premiere on January 28, 2021.