LT100’s Rusch Opens Film Festival With “Blood Road”
Last week, Red Bull Media House announced that its feature-length documentary, “Blood Road,” will open the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho this Wednesday, Mar. 15, with an encore screening Saturday, Mar. 18. And yes, it has a Leadville connection!The film stars famed ultra-endurance mountain biker and 4x Leadville Trail 100 Champion Rebecca Rusch. Rusch’s father was killed in 1972 when his U.S. Air Force fighter plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. Audiences are taken on a powerful journey as Rusch joined by and Vietnamese competitive biking champion Huyen Nguyen as they cycle 1,200 miles of the notorious Ho Chi Minh trail in search of his crash site. While the women navigate the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia they discover a shared humanity that can help heal the wounds left by a historic conflict more than 40 years later.
“I’ve spent most of my life racing around the world only to find it was all leading to the most important journey of my life,” says Rusch. “Since my trip down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, I’ve been waiting anxiously to share this story, and it’s incredibly special for me to kick off the next part of this epic adventure in front of my hometown crowd in Idaho.”
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk and produced by Sandra Kuhn, BLOOD ROAD is more than a history lesson, it’s a daughter’s love letter to her lost father, and a remarkable undertaking fueled by the power of a newly formed friendship.
” ‘Blood Road’ is a story about the physical and emotional scars that war leaves on countries, cultures and families,” says Schrunk. “We set out on the Ho Chi Minh trail to document an epic cycling expedition, as well as Rebecca’s personal journey to visit the crash site, but we ended up uncovering something much deeper.”
Red Bull Media House announced BLOOD ROAD at Cannes last year as its first feature-length film written, produced, directed and edited entirely in-house. The small production crew met the challenges presented by the unpredictable jungle terrain by riding enduro motorcycles with gear strapped to their backs.
“We are honored to open the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival with a film that shares such a unique story,” added Scott Bradfield, Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Red Bull Media House North America. “Blood Road is a testament to Red Bull Media House’s commitment to independent cinema, storytelling and the power of human perseverance around the world.”
“Blood Road” will host its World Premiere at 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Sun Valley Opera House, which since press time has already SOLD OUT, followed by an encore screening at 1:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Community School, which could very well be SOLD OUT by now. But stay tuned as the movie makes its way around the country, hopefully including a stop in Leadville!
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