Screen Reviews
A Survey of Open Space

A Survey of Open Space

directed by Peat Duggins

starring Zach Hall, Michaela Duggins, and Chris Comfort

OkayVideo

Go to Brownsville Texas and get a pair of bicycles. Head north, aiming at Alaska. Film the high points; edit out the endless slog through that really flat part of Texas. You’re in the heartland of America – friendly, accommodating and just on the edge of violence against anything they don’t understand, like a guy with ironic facial hair in bicycle tights. But people are generally friendly, they offer help and advice and give these adventurers a place to crash so long as they keep moving along. It’s an epic road trip, they film and pedaling their way north from Mexico to the Arctic Circle. Avoiding any urbanization, they take the back roads and make a film and eventually hit their real goal – the continental divide. Maybe they’re looking to raise awareness, maybe they are so far beyond that ice bucket thing they don’t care, but the scenery is spectacular and the pedaling endless. They cheat a bit and take a ferry from Seattle to Anchorage, thus avoiding the foreboding g Alcan highway and Canadian customs officials. But in the end, they achieve their goal, and they do it all in one summer.

There are bragging rights here, and the bicyclists are professionals – they have a bag for everything, and everything in its appointed place. We don’t even see flats, I assume they are taken care of so efficiently that there is no need to make a scene out of them. I admire their stamina and persistence, and I ‘m glad I didn’t have to ride along with them. This is a great road film, and the fact it runs at 90 degrees to the classic Route 66 run adds to its charm. If you’re looking to take a long long bike ride, these guys can offer some sage advice. And if you’re making a documentary, there’s always a chase vehicle hanging out within calling range.

http://www.asurveyofopenspace.com/


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.