Greek runner Alexi Pappas’s new film, Olympic Dreams, will premiere in the Narrative Spotlight category at the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas from March 8-17. Pappas, who set a national record for Greece in the 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and ran her first marathon in Chicago in 2018, co-directs and stars, as she did in Tracktown in 2016.
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OLYMPIC DREAMS my newest movie #OlympicDreams is premiering at @sxsw!!!!! . . @nickkroll & @jeremyteicher are the best teammates & im so ready to bring this to the world!! See you in Austin! . . tag a bravey who lives in Texas (perhaps a run together?) or… who will make this into a roadtrip #sxsw #sxswfilm
The new film, which was shot during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peongchang, is a series of vignettes featuring Penelope (played by Pappas), a slightly insecure cross-country skier, and Ezra (played by comedian Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist in the Olympic village.
Pappas is an alumna of both Dartmouth and Oregon, and has always loved to indulge her creative side while also competing on the track. Pappas is reportedly hoping to run the marathon at the 2020 Olympics, representing Greece.
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