They say art imitates life.
This is a story of life, imitating art, imitating life
We have already begun production on our film and have shot 15+ hours of footage including interviews conducted in Paris, and the American Southwest.
The principle photography will take place in Paris and at Bonneville. In the film, we’ll bring Laurent and Denis, along with the French ‘monster’, to Bonneville. They’ll meet Nira and see the original monster for the first time.
Nira’s Triumph has not run since Speed Week, 1967! Laurent and Nira will work together, on camera, to prepare it to run safely at Speed Week 2014.
We’re raising funds to shoot the Paris principle photography, then transport both bikes along with Laurent and Denis, and Nira, to Bonneville.
Once principle photography is complete, we’ll edit the material, incorporating new illustrations by Denis that will be brought to life in animated transistions. The film will be shown at festivals and released on DVD. We have high hopes that we’ll find broadcast partners both in the U.S. and in Europe.
As a patron of this project, you’ll be helping to tell a heartwarming and inspiring story about two real-life American Dreams - the life of a pioneering African-American drag racer, and the “Vive l’Amerique” fantasies of two French kids who grew up in Paris but wanted to be American hot-rodders.
This is a story that deserves to be told, and we’re sure that you will, like us, derive enormous satisfaction from helping to tell it. But, you won’t only get our thanks - you’ll also get some cool perks!..
Cool links with more information about our film...
And Mark Gardiner's original story about meeting Laurent and Denis in Paris, then discovering the original monster, still alive and well, in Nevada is found here...