February 2, 2007 / 6:32 AM / 13 years ago

Pic to document Amazon swim

Slovenian Martin Strel swims in the river Danube in the centre of Budapest, July 17, 2000. John Maringouin is filming a documentary about Strel, who began a planned, 70-day swim Thursday, starting at the source of the Amazon River in Peru and following the river until it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Belem, Brazil. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Maringouin is filming a documentary about endurance swimmer Martin Strel, who began a planned, 70-day swim Thursday, starting at the source of the Amazon River in Peru and following the river until it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Belem, Brazil.

To be titled “Big River Man,” the film will follow Strel as he attempts to cover 3,375 miles in what is being billed as the world’s longest swim. Strel, who hails from Slovenia, previously completed record swims in the Danube, Mississippi and Yangzte rivers and holds several Guiness World Records.

Maringouin’s previous docus include last year’s “Running Stumbled,” which documented the relationship between his artist father and troubled stepmother, and 2004’s “Just Another Day in the Homeland.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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