Pure heart

Sports Illustrated

There are so many important messages in this film

Larry Creswell, M.D.

Amazing cast of characters



One in three people will suffer from heart disease in their lifetime, but only one in a million will thrive from it. HEART: Flatline to Finish Line® is the raw and emotional journey of six individuals from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world’s most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN® triathlon.

Director David Watkins flatlined on the operating table- his heart stopped for 5 minutes. For an otherwise healthy man in his thirties, a congenital heart defect nearly proved fatal. After being revived and surviving a subsequent stroke, he became determined to do something with his second lease on life.

Heart surgery is an all too common event. Before long David was meeting people from around the world with similar stories. All had something to prove. This is the story of 6 survivors daring to take on an improbable feat and prove to the world they still have the heart to overcome any obstacle that gets in their way.

This feature-length documentary will take you on a journey of despair and triumph, of sacrifice and glory. Featuring original music by indie darling Cloud Cult, and interviews with some of the biggest names in endurance sport and cardiology, it will inspire you to examine your own life and encourage you to fill it full of HEART.

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Grand Rapids, MI, at the Celebration Cinema South
May 22nd, 2:00pm. Tickets on sale at the door.

Las Vegas Film Festival
June 7-12, 2016

Cayman International Film Festival
July 1-4, 2016

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
April 14-17, 2016

Spokane, WA, at the Garland Theatre
April 29, 2016

Honolulu, HI, at the Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center
May 11th, 2016

Please check back for frequent updates throughout the year. We expect to launch at the beginning of 2017.


Watch the CNN Interview with David Watkins

Pure Heart: A New Film Follows Cardiac Patients on Their IRONMAN® Quest — Sports Illustrated

Flatline To Finish Line: Triathlete Faces Heart Disorder, Becomes IRONMAN® — Triathlon.Competitor.com

Westdoc confab announces PitchFest finalists — Variety.com

Ironmanlife: Ironheart — Ironman.com

HEART: Flatline to Finish Line® is First Runner Up at PitchFest — Variety.com


HEART: Flatline to Finishline® was produced by Ironheart Productions, a division of the Ironheart Foundation. The Ironheart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to helping heart patients rediscover their power. For more information please visit ironheartfoundation.org.

David Watkins
Director / Producer

Donald Bowman

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