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Sit Stay Ride is a heart-warming documentary about motorcycle riders who travel with their four-legged friends.
MISSOULA, Mont., March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest project by veteran indie filmmakers Eric Ristau and Geneva Liimatta is an upbeat documentary that also focuses on a worthwhile cause. OK, the subject matter is a little bit out of the ordinary – but who cares?
This husband-and-wife team from Missoula, Mont., is putting together a film about motorcyclists who bring their dogs along for the ride. No, these easy-riding pups don't sit on the seat, clasping their owner's midsection. They ride in sidecars and wear specially designed dog goggles (called "doggles"). Fittingly the movie is entitled Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs.
"Seeing a dog in a sidecar brings a smile to everyone's face," says Liimatta. "Our film explores the relationship between sidecar dogs and their motorcycle-riding humans. The dogs and humans we've met while shooting this project are amazing characters. You'll love them all."
So far, footage for Sit Stay Ride has been shot in Washington, California and Montana. "We've found other amazing sidecar dogs in other parts of the country," Ristau says. "We really want to include them in the movie."
Traveling around the country to produce a film is an expensive proposition, however. Ristau and Liimatta have a budget of $28,000 for travel, a soundtrack, sound mix, color correction, DVD manufacturing, distribution and promotion.
In order to defray these costs, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign, encouraging dog-lovers, motorcyclists and anyone else to support production of the film. Thus far, about $10,000 has been raised. Information about their Kickstarter campaign, including sample clips from the movie, can be viewed at www.sidecardogs.com.
The Kickstarter campaign has three distinct objectives:
"Many of the dogs featured in this film were adopted from the Humane Society and other incredible organizations," points out Ristau. "This is an important message we're trying to send. We want people to adopt dogs and other animals, and also to support agencies that find homes for these pets."
Anyone interested in appearing in Sit Stay Ride can contact Ristau and Liimatta through their Kickstarter page.
Depending on their donation level, Kickstarter contributors will receive thank-you gifts that include behind-the-scenes photos, bumper stickers, on-line previews of the movie, DVDs, T-shirts and viewing parties.
"It's a great story," says Ristau. "The film shows how dogs and their owners came to ride together, the adventures they have and how they connect with the greater community when they're out on the road."
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LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Building off its astounding track record with The Aviators, the docuseries which has reached 50 million viewers in 100 different countries around the world, FourPoints Television Productions has announced its latest TV series, 'The Bikers.' 'The Bikers' -- which will employ a similar documentary formula as its resoundingly successful sister production 'The Aviators' -- explores the essence of motorcycling to its core through rich storytelling and stunning videography.
The new series, which begins filming this summer, is slated for release during spring of 2015 and will be distributed by LA-based GRB Entertainment, producers of 'Intervention,' 'Untold Stories of the ER,' and 'Growing up Gotti.'
The potential fan base for 'The Bikers' is enormous: in 2010, an estimated 25 million people rode motorcycles in the U.S. alone -- more than 20 percent of these riders were women. An integral part of our global culture, motorcycling is much more than a method of transportation. It is a lifestyle that is deeply rooted in the cultural identity of millions of people around the world, with its own heroes, myths and legends.
The creative team at FourPoints Television Productions, most of whom are motorcyclists themselves, seek to gain an intensely passionate and loyal following using several of the creative production techniques and distribution methods it employed for 'The Aviators,' which earned that show no less than 50 million viewers around the world in just five years.
"As a passionate motorcyclist myself for many years, I am intimately familiar with both the subculture of riding as well as the pride and camaraderie that bikers feel as part of a vastly larger community," commented Producer and Creator Anthony Nalli. "Having witnessed the chart-topping success of 'The Aviators' over the last several years, we felt that our creative team was perfectly suited to bring the culture of motorcycling to viewers in our own, unique way. 'The Bikers' will have great appeal not only to current bikers, but also to anyone who has an aspirational or tangential interest in motorcycles."
From a content perspective, 'The Bikers' will feature an assortment of motorcycle profiles, historical segments as well as popular destination spotlights. Some of series' planned feature segments will include:
According to Motorcycle Industry Council President Tim Buche, "Household penetration of motorcycles over the last five years has increased by 1,516,610 or 20 percent. As an activity, two wheeling has made significant inroads among various key demographics and is a larger part of American culture than ever."
'The Bikers' will premiere in the spring of 2015. 'The Aviators' and FourPoints' latest show 'Air Boss' collectively air in the US on PBS, in Canada on iChannel and Travel+Escape, overseas on Discovery and Travel Channel as well as digitally on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon.
To learn more about The Bikers, please visit the new TV series' website at www.thebikers.tv.
About FourPoints Television
FourPoints Television Productions was launched in 2008 in Toronto, ON, by a group of aviators whose increasing involvement in television development and marketing led them to eventually focus their material on their own passions. Founded by long-time pilot Anthony Nalli, FourPoints began work on its first major initiative and flagship program, the documentary series "The Aviators," in the spring of 2009. The Aviators now boasts more than 50 million viewers per week across the globe.
FourPoints' mission is to tirelessly support the creation of exciting television programs to entertain and educate viewers with unique, compelling content, while serving as an attractive vehicle for sponsors and broadcasters. The company maintains production facilities in Toronto, ON; Oshkosh, WI; and Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about FourPoints Television Productions, please visit our website at www.fourpointstv.com.
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The movie, Why We Ride, is being talked about amongst motorcyclists all over the country as being the next great moto-flick, arguably on the same level as On Any Sundayand Faster. But if you haven’t seen it yet, it has just been announced that the film is now available for worldwide download.
For the first time, fans the world over will be able to share in the documentary that has brought the motorcycle community together in a celebration of what it means to be a rider. Why We Ride will be available across all of iTunes’ and Amazon’s stores worldwide.