One in three people will suffer from heart disease in their lifetime, but only one in a million will thrive from it. HEART: Flatline to Finish Line® is the raw and emotional journey of six individuals from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world’s most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN® triathlon.
This feature-length documentary will take you on a journey of despair and triumph, of sacrifice and glory. Featuring original music by indie darling Cloud Cult, and interviews with some of the biggest names in endurance sport and cardiology, it will inspire you to examine your own life and encourage you to fill it full of HEART.
Total runtime: 98 minutes, Release: Streaming platforms / DVD
How it Happened
First time director David Watkins nearly died on an operating table from complications after open-heart surgery. After recovering, rather than feeling depressed, he decided to kick his life into high gear. Twelve months after surviving a heart-stopping episode and subsequent stroke he finished his first IRONMAN® Triathlon.
After conquering one of the world's most grueling endurance events he began searching the globe for people like him who have serious heart defects but can't help but compete in endurance sport. As momentum built and the Ironheart Foundation formed, he figured, "why not document this?".
David Watkins is a first time director with a big heart and huge passion for life. His spirit and motivation gave birth to a triathlon team, non-profit foundation and feature-length documentary film. He's a busy guy.
Brian Nunes (Worldtree Films) wrote & edited the story.