Runner follows Haas, an eighteen-year-old girl raised by a single father in Missouri. When her father suddenly dies she is left to bury him alone. In order to meet the terms of his will, she must bring him to the town where he was born, a community battling both the stresses of climate and economy.

With nowhere else to go, she stays at an inn belonging to a lonely cinephile named Baggy. Though a hermit himself, Baggy encourages others to go out and see the world: a view very much restricted from this town. And it is during her extended, unexpected time here when she meets Will.

Will is in the region looking to support his family who are hundreds of miles away. Will has an artistic soul, but one tethered to the harsh reality of his circumstances. Will is drawn to Haas and Haas is drawn to Will. Will teaches Haas to live and Haas teaches Will to feel.

It is in their friendship, their shared expression of living, where Haas’ understanding of love and loss begins to take shape. Runner is the story of two strangers who find, change, and ultimately leave one another.


Hannah Schiller
Darren Houle
Gene Jones
Jonathan Eisley


Written & Directed by Marian Mathias
Produced by Joy Jorgensen
Cinematography by Jomo Fray 
Casting by Kate Antognini
Costumes by Suzie Ford
Production Design by Sydney Buchan
Music by Para One
Assistant Directed by Joe Sackett


Cannes Cinéfondation Residency 2018
Torino Feature Lab 2019
Creative Media Europe Co-Production Award Winner
A Post Lab 2019
Venice Production Bridge - Gap Financing Market 2020
New York Foundation for the Arts


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