Running Home

Tony Ruiz, a son of a Puerto Rican immigrants who became one of the best runners in New York City high school history, loses his sense of purpose after the 1980 Olympic boycott. A long road to redemption culminates when Ruiz launches an effort to help his stricken relatives after Hurricane Maria by doing what he does best.

“Running Home” was selected by Puerto Rico’s largest film festival, the Rincon International Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by the streaming service kweliTV. More than 100,000 people have now seen the film.

Director: Paddy Cotter

Runtime: 24 Mins

Year: 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020. 12:00pm


About The Director

Paddy Cotter

A recent graduate of Penn State, Cotter is currently pursuing documentary projects that inspire him. “Running Home” and other recent films he has directed reflect his emphasis on using sports as a lens to reveal what it means to be human.

About The Producer

John Affleck

The director of the Curley Center and Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State, Affleck has been a storyteller for most of his life but began making films after a long career focused primarily on print journalism at The Associated Press.