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Alexi Pappas’s movie Olympic Dreams premieres at SXSW

Alexi Pappas’s movie Olympic Dreams premieres at SXSW

Audiences at the multimedia pageant SXSW (South through Southwest) had an opportunity to peer Olympian Alexi Pappas’s new movie, Olympic Dreams, in Austin, Texas final week. The movie was once shot all the way through the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which Pappas described in an interview with BuzzFeed News afterwards.

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Pappas, who co-directs and stars in Olympic Dreams, set a countrywide document for Greece within the 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (31:36). She debuted the marathon at Chicago in 2018, completing in 28th position with a time of two:43:38. Pappas additionally co-directed and starred in an previous movie, Tracktown, in 2016. 

“Chasing an Olympic dream is not unlike chasing a filmmaking dream,” says the Olympian, actor and filmmaker. “You never know if you’re going to make the Olympic team, and you never know if your movie is going to play at SXSW.”

Olympic Dreams is a chain of vignettes that includes Penelope (performed through Pappas), a somewhat insecure cross-country skier, and Ezra (performed through comic Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist within the Olympic village. Pappas’s husband, Jeremy Teicher, co-directed and shot the movie in addition to recording the sound.

Olympians Jamie Anderson (skiing) and Gus Kenworthy (freestyle snowboarding) additionally seem, taking part in “a sort of fictionalized version of” themselves.

Pappas could also be operating on a guide of essays, to be known as Bravey, to be printed through Random House. 

Pappas hopes to run for Greece once more within the 2020 Olympics.


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