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Finding Traction

Feb 6th, 2013
Staff Writer

December 11, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Fours Five Productions and ColorBURN Productions, in association with KUSM-TV/MontanaPBS, are producing a new documentary film, Finding Traction, featuring world-renowned endurance athlete Nikki Kimball.

In an age where obesity is the #1 killer in America, Finding Traction presents Kimball's inspirational quest to become the fastest person in history to run Vermont's 273-mile Long Trail. What drives Kimball to attempt such an incredible feat? Finding Traction follows Kimball's journey from its beginning -- training and racing in the Rocky mountains near her home in Montana -- to her actual record attempt through Vermont's beautiful and brutal Green Mountains.

Throughout the film, Kimball's crew and support team will provide a behind-the-scenes look into her Long Trail endurance challenge, and interviews with the world's leading evolutionary biologists, including Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run, shed light on the science and psychology behind Kimball's incredible undertaking. For Kimball, this well-publicized run on America's oldest hiking trail is more than a chance to inspire people to be active and spend time outdoors, it's her way of encouraging women and girls to take an equal place for themselves in professional sports. In addition to providing an inside look into the journey of an elite athlete, Finding Traction will give viewers a new perspective on the endurance of the human body and spirit, and informing us all us, regardless of our sex, of our true potential and inspiring us to reach it.

Finding Traction is being produced an Emmy Award-winning production team composed of filmmakers from Bozeman-based Fours Five Productions, ColorBURN Productions and MontanaPBS. "Nikki is one of the most inspiring women we know. Her endless courage, tenacity and drive to go after her goals is fascinating and awe-inspiring. After learning about Nikki's plans to do an endurance challenge on the Long Trail, we knew this was a film we had to make," said Producer/Director Jaime Jacobsen.

A crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo is currently underway to raise 0,000 for the post-production of the documentary. The film's Indiegogo campaign will run from November 1, 2012 until December 15, 2012. For information on how to contribute, visit:

Finding Traction will be broadcast on PBS and submitted to the film festivals across the country in Spring 2013. Community screenings will take place throughout the states of Montana and Vermont, and in other key locations in New York, California, Colorado and Utah.

For updates on the film, follow Finding Traction on Facebook:,

Twitter:, or check out film's website at


Update Feb 6, 2013: Finding Traction achieved their fundraising goal at Indiegogo. Here is the latest update from the Indiegogo campaign page:


Dear friends,

A huge thank you goes out to everyone for being part of this project and for making Finding Traction happen! Dec 15th was the final day of the campaign, and we are proud to announce that we surpassed our $30,000 goal to successfully raise $31,072 through 511 contributions and 493 individual donations (many of you even donated twice!)

It was amazing to see how everyone came together through this effort and the heart and soul that poured into the project. Here are a few highlights from the campaign:

We received formal support and endorsement from some big players in the running world, including Ultra Running Magazine and

Race directors from both TransRockies and the Bridger Ridge Run donated significant entries to us to show their support of the film and help us increase donations.

Bolton Valley Resort (Bolton VT), Free Range Massage (Bozeman MT), Muscles Not Motors (Montpelier VT) and Cactus Records (Bozeman MT) donated prizes to encourage our FB fans to donate.

The North Face, Northern Lights Trading Co., Bozeman Running Co., Boulder Running Co., San Francisco Running Co. and Universal Productions in the UK featured us in their newsletters or on their websites and social media pages.

Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco rallied runners, race directors and Bay area community members in support of the project and hosted our very first screening tour.

The Bozeman Running Co. and the Big Sky Wind Drinkers are currently planning a wine and cheese fundraiser for us in Bozeman MT on January 17th to support the making of the film.

We did interviews with a number of media outlets and were featured in Trail Runner Magazine’s Digital Edition, Indiegogo’s Blog, Trail Runner Nation’s podcast, and’s website.

Many other organizations including Run Vermont, Girls on the Run, Molte Yoga Retreats and countless bloggers, magazines, and individuals also wrote about us and generated a great buzz about the film.

The finished film was invited to submit to festivals in diverse locations across the world including Pennington, South Africa; Vancouver, Canada; and Tokyo, Japan.

Festival directors in ID, OR, CA, NC and WA have already asked us to submit the film.

Each and every one of you has been instrumental in making this possible.

Thank you!
Jaime and the Finding Traction Team

p.s. Check out our blog ( and FB page for future updates!