Just One Step

An unexpected running documentary

Directors Statement

What is it that drives these people to run? The act of running seems tied to many different aspects of our existence, some basic and some highly personal.

Ask any runner and they’ll likely give you a different answer than the runner next to them. It seems convoluted and complicated. But perhaps it’s not. Just One Step ventures into the world of running and runners to find what it is that compels not just them, but all of us. What is it that we as a species are doing out there on the tarmac, the track and the trail, running various distances from the very short to the almost inhumanely long? What are we doing, Why are we running?

Just One Step carries the viewer from the streets of Brooklyn to the mountains of Colorado. The beauty of the body in motion through these incredible landscapes captures the viewer and holds them as the story unfolds. Ultimately Just One Step is a film of discovery, about ourselves as we make our way through the world. It asks the viewer to think about themselves, to look inward, and think about how they function in this world whether they run, or not.


Just One Step is an unusual look at running, one that I can understand a little better, unlike the usual ‘runner convert’ kind of thing. I’ve always sort of been hesitant to really buy into the whole concept but Just One Step has shown me a different perspective- one that is really inspiring for me.

-Alex Steadman


This isn’t a running film at all really, more of like a film that talks about the realities of it, as well as the supposed benefits. A real look at why people do it! I still think it’s crazy.

-Stacey Kowalski