The Record Breaker is a short documentary that tells the life story of Ashrita Furman, an eccentric and charming middle-aged man who happens to be the person with the most Guinness World Records of all time. Since 1979, he has set over 400 Guinness World Records.
From a young age, Ashrita would admire people who were able to do unusual things. But he never thought that he could become one of them. He describes himself as a nerd when he was a teenager and admits that he didn’t have much of a life. A health food store manager currently living in New York, Furman enjoys his lifestyle of adventure.
Watch footage of Ashrita dancing with the world’s largest hula-hoop, balancing a lawnmower on his chin, walking in the world’s heaviest shoes, and blowing a stamp for 600 meters while hugging a three-toed sloth. Then there’s the record for balancing a baseball bat on one finger, jumping on a spacehopper while carrying an egg on a spoon, running a half-marathon while balancing a milk bottle on the head, long distance skipping, and upside down juggling. Even the silliest world records fill Furman with a sense of joy and satisfaction.
The Record Breaker follows Furman as he trains to set a new Guinness Record: climbing Machu Picchu on stilts. Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” is a 15th century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level in Peru, South America. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it about a century later due to the Spanish conquest. It was unknown to the world until 1911. Since then Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.
This charming film (trust me, you will be charmed!) has won a number of important awards: The Vimeo Audience Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Jury Prizes at the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortsFest and the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival.