Cover for the film, Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness featuring a muscular man on a black background

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness

15m

NR

2014

Last Updated: 13 August 2021Published On: 5 August 2021

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness is a documentary short by director Ryan Vance, featuring the story of 78-year old vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris.

Cover for the film, Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness featuring a muscular man on a black background

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness

15m

NR

2014

Last Updated: 13 August 2021Published On: 5 August 2021

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness is a documentary short by director Ryan Vance, featuring the story of 78-year old vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris.

NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS

Synopsis

As a professional bodybuilder for 30 years, Jim won many major titles including Mr. America, Mr. USA, and Mr. International. In 1996, Jim won the Mr. Olympia Master’s at age 61 as a vegetarian.

In 2000, Jim became a vegan for health and ethical reasons.

This short documentary explores Jim’s amazing story and his fascinating thoughts on life, aging, and personal fulfillment.

The film was shot mostly on a Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens, Voitlander 25mm lens, and 12-35mm lens and is featured at:

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness was a 2014 Slamdance Film Festival official selection and has been screened at festivals all over the world.

  • 2014 Slamdance Film Festival official selection
  • 2014 Columbus International Film Festival (honorable mention)
  • 2014 Utopia Film Festival
  • 2014 Missouri Film Festival
  • 2014 Awareness Film Festival
  • 2014 Action on Film Festival
  • 2014 Mostra Animal Film Festival
  • 2015 Animal Film Festival

About the Filmmakers

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness – The Story of a 78-Year Old Vegan BodyBuilder was directed by Ryan Vance. Find out more about Jim Morris on their Facebook page.

Critic Reviews

“Today, the 78-year-old Morris is celebrated as one of the most prominent and inspiring vegan athletes. While he is no longer a competitive bodybuilder – his last title victory was the Over 60 category in the 1996 Mr. Olympia Masters tournament – he is still active as a trainer and as a motivational force of positive energy. Overcoming ageism and racism, not to mention homophobia, Morris continues to embody the concept of the indefatigable spirit. While this short documentary does a fine job in encapsulating Morris’ experiences, it is easy to rue that Vance did not expand this into a feature-length film. This is a great life story and it certainly deserves to be shared with as many people as possible.” – Film Threat. Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness Review. 19 January 2014

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