Skid Row Marathon, a benefit for UnCommon Law

August 26 only

Join UnCommon Law as they host the Bay Area premiere of the Award Winning Documentary SKID ROW MARATHON

UPDATE: Advanced ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of its inhabitants to run marathons, lives begin to change.

SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.

(Directed by Mark and Gabriele Hayes, 85 min., DCP)



After the film, stay to hear from the director of UnCommon Law and some of the stars of Skid Row Marathon during a panel discussion!

Rafael, who is featured in the film, was convicted of the 1982 retaliation murder and attempted murder of two rival gang members.  Locked up as a teenager and sentenced to life, he could have easily thrived in prison off of his reputation for violence, living in a haze of drugs and prison-made wine. Instead, Rafael became a model of change in some of California’s most violent prisons.  His turnaround impressed prison staff, prosecutors, clergy, and others to the point where the prosecutor who showed up to oppose Rafael’s release was so blown away by his transformation that the prosecutor later wrote that he himself posed a greater risk to public safety than Rafael did.

That prosecutor-turned-judge, Craig Mitchell, was so fundamentally changed by the experience that he started the Skidrow Running club to support people in achieving positive life goals,  and he continues to inspire and support people committed to turning their lives around.

UnCommon Law had the privilege of working with Rafael as he battled the parole board and the Governor to secure his release from prison after nearly three decades inside. He truly exemplifies what’s possible in the world.

This special screening is a benefit for UnCommon Law, a nonprofit organization pioneering a therapeutic model for personal transformation and a safe transition home from prison.  Learn more or make a tax-deductible contribution at

The panel discussion will feature Keith Wattley, Founder and Executive Director of UnCommon Law; Rafael Cabrera, who worked with Keith and UnCommon Law to secure his release from prison after nearly three decades inside; Judge Craig Mitchell, Founder of Skidrow Running Club, and filmmakers Mark and Gabriele Hayes.



Tickets $12 in advance $15 at the door. 


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