Running On Empty

Production Company: Statically Indeterminate Productions Ltd.

Filmed and Edited by: Neil Webb

Running On Empty is a gut wrenching, yet heart-warming documentary short that tells the story of the lengths that one man will go to bring his six-year-old, quadriplegic son back to health.

This 22-minute documentary marks the second film from 24-year-old, award-winning filmmaker Neil Webb. In September 2010, Webb teamed up with Blaine Penny; a 36-year-old Calgarian who was attempting to run a 100-kilometer ultra-marathon over several mountain passes in Alberta, in order to raise awareness for his son’s debilitating disease.

Two years ago, Blaine Penny and his family were living a normal, quiet life until Blaine’s four-year-old son Evan went in for a routine surgery to have his appendix removed. His appendix was fine, but he wasn’t. Evan did not wake up from the surgery and fell into a coma.

After Evan awoke from the coma 5 days later, doctors were perplexed and could not find the root of his illness. Finally, after six months of tests, Evan was diagnosed with a probable Mitochondrial disease, which is a rare and often under-diagnosed disease that affects the cells ability to produce energy. Evan is now six-years-old and can no longer walk, talk, or [...] continue the story