Three film curation power-houses: Cinefist, Cinema Speakeasy and Film Courage Interactive join forces this December at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles to bring you Ride the Divide on Monday, December 13th at 8:oopm (Doors open at 7pm). Q&A with the filmmakers and a roof-top after-party will follow.
Ride the Divide is an award-winning feature film about the world's toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.
Mike, a 40-year old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who’s competing for his 5th time; and Mary, the ﬁrst female rider to race this route, will set out to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet over the Rocky Mountains. That’s the equivalent of ascending Mount Everest from sea level seven times.
They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reﬂect on our inner desires to live life to the fullest.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
MIKE DION (Executive Producer): Ride The Divide is his producing debut in the feature length documentary genre. No stranger to producing and directing content, Mike has created hundreds of projects while at Starz Entertainment, The Hallmark Channel and various independent production companies. Mike has produced and directed content for brands such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Vongo, Toyota, Weber Grills and Quiznos. Early in his career he also crewed on the feature films: A River Runs Through It, Far and Away, Dante’s Peak, The Brave and Reggie’s Prayer. Mike is now concentrating on creating digital motion pictures that tell compelling stories for brands and advertising clients in the outdoor lifestyle industry.
HUNTER WEEKS (Director): Hunter previously directed and produced independent films “10 MPH” (2007) and “10 Yards” (2009). He’s led efforts to bring major partners on board to help fund and promote the films, including companies such as CBS Sports, Quiznos, YouTube, Crocs, SmartWool, Fender and Chipotle.
He’s also the author of the 10 MPH DIY Manual which discusses unique PR, Marketing and distribution insights on how to distribute indie films. Hunter also has a strong background in social media platforms and web marketing.
Hunter has spoken on his achievements in distributing and marketing films at various major film events including Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Galway Film F, The Conversation and DIY Days.