A film drama, “TRI,” will begin at the Strand Theatre in downtown Delaware Friday to coincide with the Ironman race here Sunday.
The film by Jai Jamison won the top prize — film of the year — at the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, the drama snared the NOVA Award, Best Actress (Jensen Jacobs), Best Family/Faith-Based Film, and Best Inspirational Film.
“TRI” was also a runner-up for Best Cinematography (Feature Film) and Best Editing (Feature Film).
The film also recently won the Indie Spirit Best Story Line Award from the Boston International Film Festival.
“TRI” is a drama about a medical technician with a history of not finishing things who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for her first triathlon. The film’s performers includes Jacobs and TV star Tim Reid.
“TRI” is the first scripted feature narrative about triathlons that has been developed for theatrical release, according to October Coast, a public relations firm promoting the film.
Although the film uses triathlon as a backdrop, the niche target market for the film is female runners, according to October Coast. Of the roughly 20 million finishers of running events in 2014, 60 percent were women.
The writing team for “TRI” includes a two-time Ironman finisher and professional triathlon coach who has led cancer awareness programs; a cancer survivor; and a screenwriter who has lost loved ones to cancer.
Tickets are on sale now.