From Fat to Finish Line Film Release Date

From Fat to Finish Line Film Release Date

July 1, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA


12 formerly obese Americans team up to run a 200-mile relay from Miami to Key West, FL, in documentary film, From Fat To Finish Line

Gravitas Ventures will release the inspirational feature-length documentary From Fat To Finish Line on iTunes and other VOD platforms on August 2, 2016.

From Fat To Finish Line documents the journey of 12 formerly obese people who team up to run a 200 mile Ragnar Relay Race. The film examines the trials, obstacles and triumphs which occur when tackling big goals like losing weight and crossing finish lines.

Producer, Jennifer Roe was invited on to the team because of her own weight loss story. Roe soon realized that her teammate’s inspirational weight loss stories, coupled with the challenging feat in front of them would make for a great documentary film. The film highlights themes such as persistence, dealing with setbacks, and achieving goals. Alongside Roe, Media Meld Studios’, Angela Lee makes her directorial debut and together they teamed with Producer Lauren Avinoam of LA Publicity to produce the story.

Runners featured in the film include stay-at-home mom, Katie Foster who lost 125 pounds, and pens the successful “Runs For Cookies” blog, Jen Small who went from a cigarette-smoking 255-point couch potato to a sponsored Triathlete and Ada Wong, runner-up from Season 10 of the Biggest Loser, who lost 99 pounds while on the show.

“Our hope is to inspire and motivate others to take control of their health through making good nutritional choices and exercise a priority,” says Rik Akey, captain of the team who is featured in the film.  “We believe that if we can do it, anyone can.  We hope this project helps us to ‘Pay it Forward’ to others.”

The film has already begun to ‘pay it forward.’ Early buzz has inspired thousands of new runners worldwide to find the “From Fat to Finish Line” online group and begin their own running and weight loss journeys.

“We hoped this film would inspire others but we never anticipated the positive impact it would have on us,” said Director Angela Lee of herself and Producer Jennifer Roe, “We have taken on our own new physical challenges and have grown personally and professionally in surprising ways. It has truly been a life changing journey for us both.”

From Fat To Finish Line is the second documentary film produced by Media Meld Studios.


The team spans the country with members in: CA, NY, NJ, ME, MI, WI, CT, KS, AZ, OK and IL, and are available for interview. More about each teammate can be found at

For a full EPK or inquires, contact Dan Cotoia at (646) 368-9833 or

About Gravitas Ventures
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes in North America and one billion homes worldwide. Their most recent releases include Jonathan Hock’s “Fastball,” “4th Man Out,” Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass,” “Being Evel” from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” and “Barney Thomson” starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. For more information, please visit and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

About Media Meld Studios
Founded in 2009 Media Meld Studios is a full-fledged production company that develops, creates and produces original content for television, film and digital platforms. The Media Meld team has a diverse combination of over 75 years in media experience including; award winning film, Emmy-award winning television, best-selling books, ground breaking documentaries & cutting edge Internet programming. Storytellers, Media Meld Studios is committed to developing outstanding programming that entertains, enlightens and inspires. Media Meld Studios is both Los Angeles and New York based. Learn more at