Monday, July 23, 2012
Last year’s event was a huge technical feat to film and our crews pushed themselves to the limit as they tried to keep up with the riders and all the stories on the road. Now as we are in post production, we have hundreds of hours of beautiful footage of the amazing roads the challengers took on their journey, we have many of their stories and countless moments testifying to the resilience of the human spirit. We feel honored to have been invited along on their journeys, we feel blessed to have seen the beauty of our country and we feel responsibility to be the example of the change we would like to see in the world.
As we watch the footage of last year’s ride each day, we are overwhelmed by the stories of strength, brotherhood, perseverance and personal challenge. There are so many that we wish we could include them all but unfortunately that would make our film hours long!
As a mother, I cannot close my eyes. Just one of the statistics would not be tolerated by society if it where found anywhere but the reservation and my heart is heavy knowing that the beautiful native people of our country quietly endure them all. So, with this film, we hope to spread awareness about the reservation, to amplify their voices.
We have many times felt that we too were going on our own endurance ride to the finish. Many times we have wanted to give up, turn back and pretend we didn't see what we saw.
Motorcycles, money and ego drove us straight into the heart of the human experience. It's a beautiful and powerful place and I believe, the things that one learns there, can possibly help to change the world out here.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Life brings many changes; some of which can be marvelous, but others may be terrifying or even dangerous. However, it isn’t change per se that threatens our happiness, but what we do with it. We must learn to work together to make changes for the better because, contrary to popular belief, life is not intended to be a competition but is meant to be a cooperative effort involving teamwork.