Have you ever dreamed about jumping on a motorcycle and heading on a road trip across America, or better yet, to Brazil for Carnaval? Best friends Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall did just that, documenting their free-spirited 69-day adventure ride along the way in RIDE REPORT: 10,000 MILES TO RIO. The documentary will be released by Cinema Libre Studio on DVD starting June 10th with on demand options to follow in July.
To kick off the journey, Teirnan posts the following on advrider.com:
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has an overwhelming urge for a serious adventure; an odyssey to measure his strength, to better appreciate his part of the world by seeing the rest.
This Winter my best buddy Matt and I will travel through Latin America on DRZ 400’s, taking about two and a half months until finally arriving in Rio for Carnival 2010.
This is our first adventure ride. I’ve been riding for a year and a half, and Matt has just started to learn. We leave in three weeks.
We’re documenting the entire trip in HD, so stay tuned!
The two friends left Las Vegas with the most minimal of plans: head south on the Pan American Highway film whatever happened and get to Rio before the Brazilian carnival begins. Although they assembled their own Suzuki DRZ 400 SM, neither rider had much experience touring motorcycles, mechanical know-how, nor maps for the 10,000 mile trip crossing 11 countries. Bets were placed on how far south they’d get. The duo didn’t even realize visas would be required to enter Brazil. But, as Tiernan says in the introduction: “We were committed to the journey.”
This becomes an apt metaphor for the trip and life. The riders find that placing trust and accepting the kindness of strangers can make for the most excellent of adventures. They couch-surfed along the way, indentifying routes with locals and Google Maps, and the virtual community of ADVrider.com gave them advice and moral support along the route. Strangers become friends as they open up to new encounters and connect with a global network of adventure riders.
Using a Canon 7d (DSLR), Canon 5d mk 2 (DSLR), and a Canon Vixia HF200 (handicam) the filmmakers recorded their journey with some help from camera operator Mark Matusiak at select stops. The film takes its title from the adventure rider community and the sharing of “ride reports” in online forums.
SYNOPSIS: When filmmakers Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall decide to go to the world famous Carnaval, they embark on a 10,000 mile, cross-continental road trip of a lifetime – from Las Vegas to Rio de Janeiro – on nothing but Suzuki motorcycles and the help of the burgeoning, international social network of adventure riders and couch-surfers. Along the way they make life-changing connections with strangers and fellow travelers, proving despite all of our fears, the world is filled with kind and generous people. But as they encounter dangerous terrain, mechanical failures, and logistical problems, they must find their strength in order to make it to the festival on time.
The DVD includes bonus features: Additional Interviews, Trailer, Interactive Menus
TECHNICAL DETAILS: USA | Documentary| Unrated | 90 mins | Directed by Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall DVD DETAILS: CLS 1193| 881394119321 | SRP: $ 19.95
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