Alumnae Documentary ‘Marathon’ Screens at the Hop

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Ricki Stern ’87 and Annie Sundberg ’90 focus on stories of survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Rick Stern and Annie Sundberg sitting to discuss their documentary
Ricki Stern ’87, left, and Annie Sundberg ’90 discuss their documentary, which airs Monday, Nov. 21, on HBO. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations)

On Patriots Day 2013, thousands of lives were changed forever when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. In their HBO documentary, Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, Emmy Award-nominated duo Ricki Stern ’87 and Annie Sundberg ’90 explore the deeply personal stories of three families of survivors.

The film, which premiered Nov. 21, 2016, on HBO, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, in Loew Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Stern will be at the Hop for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

By juxtaposing the emotional journeys of the survivors with the efforts of authorities to find the perpetrators of the attacks, the film showcases strength on a micro and macro level. 

“We were wondering what happened to all of the people who were impacted by the bomb,” says Stern. “This mattered to the more than 200 people who were injured, and their families, and to anyone who is related to Boston. The stories we heard said so much about resilience, and we wanted to amplify those voices.”

Watch the trailer for the documentary below:


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