The Boston Marathon to host a film festival

The inaugural event will screen 19 running related films, including a Joan Benoit-Samuelson documentary.

The Boston Marathon has gotten into the film business.

This April, the event will host the inaugural Boston Running Film Festival during marathon weekend.

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The festival will feature several short and feature length films about running during the marathon’s expo, which takes place between April 12-14 at the Hynes Convention Center.

One of the big draws is sure to be “There Is No Finish Line”, a documentary about the first Olympic women’s marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson. The Emmy Award winning director of the film Erich Lyttle will be on hand for a Q&A as well.

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An extended trailer of the hotly anticipated Spirit of the Marathon sequel will also be screened along with the original film. The sequel will be released in theatres this summer.

The festival will screen 19 films over the weekend, giving the more than 24,000 people running the marathon something to distract them from the task at hand.

For a complete itinerary and for ticket information, visit the festival’s website.

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