Culled from the Pilot Propopsal
Africa: The Volcanic Sprint - a primetime hour-long television event. Presented by DorstMediaWorks and Autumn Productions (Click below to watch trailer)
At the Base of the tallest mountain in West Africa, 500 ultimate runners assemble in a dense lush rainforest to summit a live volcano. A sprinter's pace. Here, in one of the most extreme competitions on earth, Mt. Cameroon rises abruptly more than 13,000 feet from the African rainforest to ashen con. It last erupted in 2000, and features absurd 50 degree grades.
We follow three men and two women in the month before the race, many who arrive from overseas to chase the course record of 3 hours and 47 minutes set 19 years ago by a Cameroonian legend. Why has no one come close since?...We follow Cameroonian Sarah Liengu Etonge, winner of five of the past 10 female contests. Sarah, an English speaker who grew up in the shadow of the volcano, is a window into the ancient culture of the local Bakweri people, who still cultivate crops on the volcano's slopes...
The coast city of Buea hosts the event. The vibe is electric; the sports stadium is packed with culture and commerce; idyllic beaches melt in Technicolor sunsets and fade to black. The nightlife district is mobilizing for not one, but two, all-night dance fests to celebrate. We are there - with our racers and other characters - through a week of festivities.
Before the gun fires, our racers are sweating in the humidity of the rainforest. An oppressive sun hovers. African drums animate. Through five divergent climatic zones, our competitors sprint to the roof of West Africa, struggle through the tricky quicksand of the ashen cone, before crashing down 13,000 feet in a dizzying freefall back to sea level. Dangers abound. Button cameras attached to racers yield crazy footage.
Does it matter who win? The journey has been the destination. Viewers bond with our main characters and learn more in one hour about the culture, music, dance, food, rituals, religion, climate, and geography of Cameroon than they ever thought possible.
There trailer is also available here in QuickTime format.