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Synopsis: After Miranda (Elisabeth Rohm) calls the cops on her son Aiden (Edouard Philipponnat) and he gets arrested for drug possession, he is given a terrible choice by Detective Wall (played by Cameron Douglas): either go to jail or become an informant and bring down a dangerous Drug King Pin, Local Legend (Eric Balfour).
Aiden falls into a downward spiral, mourning his love Layla (Kerri Medders) and dragging down his best friend Blake (Nadji Jeter) and his girlfriend Liz (Jessica Amlee).

Wealthy but compassionate, hopeful but damaged, drug-addicted but still somehow able to run a four-minute mile on the high school track team, Aiden Albers is about to
discover what it means to have to choose from a set of impossible outcomes. He wakes
one morning to find his mother has brought the cops to scare some sense into him, to finally force him into a rehab that sticks. But hard-assed veteran Detective Wall doesn’t
take to Aiden’s rich kid antics and busts him for cocaine instead. After hours left strung
out and sweating in holding, Wall paints Aiden a bleak picture, gives him a choice:
cooperate or do ten years in prison.
Three months later, Aiden’s a reluctant confidential informant, blackmailed into wearing
a wire and helping Wall hit possession quotas, spiraling even deeper into his addictions.
But when his best friend Blake finally agrees to connect Aiden with the local drug
kingpin, Aiden’s uneasy truce with Wall cracks, and escape, prison, or death become
the only options. The turning point hits with the power of a car crash, at the last mansion
party Aiden will ever throw.
Over a nightmare twenty-four hours, Aiden must either confront his predicament, his
addictions, and his haunted past, die in the process, or execute his plan and run. But
there may not be a future to run towards.



Run Time

102 minutes


Edouard Philipponnat (Aiden)
Elisabeth Röhm (Miranda Albers)
Cameron Douglas (Detective Wall)
Eric Balfour (Local Legend)
Nadji Jeter (Blake)

Directed by

Michelle Danner

Director's Statement

Late at night, I saw a news report on Police enforcement forcing kids to go undercover wearing wires and using them as sacrificial lambs. Lives were at stake and no one was reigning anyone in.
I started to cry, then I wrote a treatment about a kid falling through the cracks, needing someone to step in and recognize the signs before it was too late.
The Runner is a movie about how kids can get trapped into doing the unthinkable. I was inspired to tell a story about a kid that could be saved.

Director's Bio

Michelle Danner is a film and stage director and a world-renowned acting coach. She teaches the Golden Box Acting workshops in South America, Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, New York, Sydney and Australia. It was her father, Alexander Valdez, who opened the very first William Morris Agency in Paris, France, that instilled a strong passion and work ethic that has stayed with her throughout her life. Michelle has taught acting for the last 26 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set. She was brought in for her expert coaching with Andy Richter on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and featured on the WB show The Starlet. Michelle trained extensively in Paris and New York with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen.She is the Founding Director of the Edgemar Center for the Arts, designed by Frank Ghery, and raised $1.3 million to construct the two theaters and the art gallery at the Center. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, “Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists.” She is currently serving as Artistic Director and teaches ongoing classes at the Michelle Danner Studio, housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. Her highlights at Edgemar have been pioneering new works. Her favorite acting and directing credits include Tennessee William’s “The Rose Tattoo”, which garnered critic’s pick and awards including best actress. This is her second time directing Anne Archer, after their previous collaboration on “Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion”, Michelle is continuing to work with Anne Archer on “A Ticket to the Circus” based on the story of Norris Church Mailer. She made her feature film directing debut “How to go Out on a Date in Queens”, starring Jason Alexander, Esai Morales and Ron Perlman. Her second film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus, Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. It premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and has its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. “The Bandit Hound”, directed by Michelle Danner, a family comedy starring Catherine Bell, Lou Ferigno, Judd Nelson, Paul Sorvino, and Verne Troyer, was released in 2016. Her next film “Bad Impulse” with Sonya Walger and Grant Bowler, a psychological, supernatural thriller is set to be released by Gravitas/Archstone on December 18th of this year.She completed principal photography on the Suspense-Thriller “The Runner” in 2020 starring Cameron Douglas and Elisabeth Rohm. Her production company, All in Films, has several projects in the works: including two romantic Comedies “Starstruck” and “The Will To … “. And she is putting her finishing touches on her acting Book “The Golden Box” set to be released in 2020.

Country of Origin

United States

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