Running with Demons, Motivational Documentary Film Released

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Todd Crandell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Running with Demons, New Motivational Documentary Film Released Worldwide | Sylvania Native Todd Crandell, World Famous Triathlete, Surviver Of Addiction And Licensed Counselor Is Featured To Promote Sobriety

Sylvania, Ohio – February 22, 2012 – This new documentary film, “Running with Demons”, by Tampa Bay Area filmmakers Tony Armer and J. Declan Flynn has just been released for distribution to a worldwide audience.

The film follows Sylvania resident Todd Crandell, Professional Counselor (PC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC III), who battled severe alcohol and drug addictions for 13 years. Devastating relationships with family and friends and shattering the promise of a professional hockey career. The film follows him through Ultraman Canada, – a grueling three-day, 318.6 mile triathlon in the rustic back-country of Penticton, British Columbia with a camera crew in his face the whole way. The film is a unique and stark glimpse into the life of an ex-addict whose passion of saving people’s lives could cost him his health and his family.

In the process of rebuilding his life, Crandell realized traditional recovery programs weren’t enough. He needed something more. He chose the grueling Ironman triathlon.  His actions were inspiring others and led him to form the organization, Racing for Recovery, which offers counseling, support group meetings and events across the country in an effort to promote a lifestyle of fitness and sobriety. Todd has dedicated his personal and professional life to achieving the goal of preventing substance abuse in adolescents and individuals, as well as offering a positive alternative to those currently battling addiction.  Todd now travels the world speaking to groups and individuals to convey one important message – “With Sobriety, Anything Is Possible.”

Todd has been featured in the past by ESPN, CNN, Sports Illustrated, the NY Times, Runner’s World Magazine, and numerous other media outlets. This is the first time however that a film crew has chronicled his struggles both physically and emotionally as he competes in a 318 mile triathlon while battling deep personal struggles. It is also the first time in Ultraman Canada’s 27 year history that a film crew was given unprecedented access to a competitor. 

With an original soundtrack by multi-platinum selling rock band Tesla, cinematography by an award winning NFL Films Director of Photography and an inspirational story, Running with Demons is a richly made film that appeals to a wide audience.

Joe Belcastro, Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC), Tampa Tribune and CBS Tampa said, “Running with Demons is about perseverance in the obstacle-laced journey of life.  The film proves that there can in fact be a light at the end of the tunnel. It should be a mandatory rule that if one hits rock-bottom, they need to hear Todd Crandell’s story”.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the how the film turned out, and we’re excited to continue to share Todd’s story of redemption and hope to those people who may not already know Todd’s story” commented Tony Armer and J. Declan Flynn, Co-Directors and Producers of the film.

About The Filmmakers
Tony Armer – Originally from Toledo, Ohio, it was in high school where Tony first developed a love for filmmaking, which evolved an established television and film career since 1997. His work experience includes Hollywood feature films, documentary features, Independent features, television pilots and music videos. Tony co-founded and is Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival, an annual film festival held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sunscreen was voted “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” in 2009 by MovieMaker Magazine. The festival is rapidly growing into one of the top film festivals in the country. Tony currently lives in Clearwater, Florida with his dog, Riley. He directs year round festival-related events, produces & directs film and television content, as well as commercials, PSA’s, music videos and more. Tony graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in business management from Eckerd College. www.tonyarmer.com, www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com.

J. Declan Flynn – A filmmaker since the early 90s producing and directing his first film, “Top-Toy,” a 3D animated short film. Declan has produced and directed short films, feature length films, documentaries and national, regional and local television commercials. In 2008, his second-unit directing on “Inside the Handy Writers’ Colony” (a Woodlawn Avenue Production) aired nationally on PBS, and he has recently inked a deal to direct a film in late April. A trained director, screenwriter and artist, Declan has also operated in post-production, supervising complex projects for film and TV as both a supervisor, editor and on-screen communications designer. Independent of film or television production, Declan was the Vice President for the St. Petersburg- Clearwater Film Society’s Sunscreen Film Festival (2006-2009) and also acted as the festival’s Creative Director and Director of Operations.  Declan is an honors graduate from St. Petersburg College and is owner of The Bureau, a film production company. Declan lives in Clearwater, Florida with his wife of 23 years, Dr. Della Flynn and his two daughters, both artists, Kayla and Rachael. www.jdeclanflynn.com

About Racing for Recovery™
Racing for Recovery™ is a federally approved 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health for all those affected by addiction. For more information about what Racing for Recovery is doing to help communities nationwide, visit www.racingforrecovery.com.


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