Last year, while shooting a feature-length documentary film about dogs in sidecars, we had not yet realized that we'd soon be connected with an amazing community of people – both on motorcycles and off, but all with a sincere love of dogs, bikes, and adventure. Over 600 people helped successfully fund our first Kickstarter campaign and 'Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs' was born.
Released last October, 'Sit Stay Ride' has had quite a run for a tiny independent documentary – film festivals, a report on NBC Nightly News, and lots of stories in local and national newspapers and magazines. Most importantly, though, it has screened in movie theaters around the country to help benefit animal rescue organizations. While this is not necessarily a non-profit effort, we've absolutely loved letting shelters and similar organizations use the film for free to help raise funds and awareness about animal welfare (a cause very near and dear to our hearts).
At first, it was actually difficult to find sidecarists who ride with their dogs – it took a bit of detective work. But after word of the film started to circulate, we heard from dozens of folks who ride with their dogs – sadly, in most cases it was too late to include them in the film. Time and time again, we remarked to each other that we wished we'd been able to include some of the fascinating duos and trios who reached out to us during the past year... Now, at last, we will. We have a plan to produce a sequel to 'Sit Stay Ride' and include many more riders and dogs– and maybe even return visits to some of the wonderful folks in Part 1.
Okay, yes, it's true that sequels are rarely as good as the original but what if that wasn't always the case? What if the sequel included many of the very best elements of the original but also managed to be enough of a departure from the first to make it, dare we say, even better? Sit Stay Ride 2 will be a different film than Part 1 because we plan to explore the fascinating history of dogs in sidecars, expand the geographical range of the film to areas outside the United States, and include footage from riders in parts of the world we are unable to visit. The tone of the film will still be joyful, upbeat, and entertaining, but will be broader-reaching and (we hope) a bit more all-encompassing.
Thanks to continuing feedback from our backers and other audience members, we have a long list of ways to make Part 2 an even more enjoyable movie than the first. The image of a dog riding in a sidecar is one of the happiest images on Earth - we're biased, obviously, but at least we can admit it – and the people who take their dogs along for the ride tend to be very special individuals themselves. We are excited to bring you stories and images of these incredible dogs and humans on the highways and byways of this lovely planet we call home.
We want to bring you more stories of people and dogs on sidecar motorcycles – glimpses into their day-to-day lives as well as their adventures on the road. Most of these characters will be modern-day (and from a variety of places) but we hope to unearth stories of some of the very first human-canine riders, as well. We have a couple interesting leads, if you have any tips for us please get in contact!
We want to further explore the human-canine relationship, brought into focus through travel and adventure on sidecar motorcycles, both present and past. This unusual form of transportation has got to be one of the most enjoyable ways to travel – period. And, once you invite your Best Friend along, you pretty much double the fun factor. Sit Stay Ride 2 will introduce you to a wider group of riders in more places on the planet. We love the bond that forms between riders and dogs as they share adventures together – those stories, combined with the unusual locations and variety of user footage - are what will make Part 2 a very special film.
With your help, we can get to work in the next couple of months and start sharing their stories.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
As with Part 1, travel expenses will take a lion's share of the budget. If we exceed our goal, those extra funds will allow us to travel to more places and bring you more stories – but this budgetary level will give us an excellent start.
WHO ARE WE?
We are dog-lovers, bike-lovers, and the filmmakers behind the original film, 'Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs'. In years past, we've shot everything from Arctic expeditions to the sprawling tent-cities in Port au Prince, Haiti. As a husband-wife duo, we work as a two-person team, shooting video, recording sound, and capturing still images in the field, then heading back home for the editing process.
We have long been interested in the human-dog relationship and feel a deep love for our own two dogs, Captain and Sir Godfrey Norton (featured in the video above). We consider our pups to be members of the family. For us, combining a love of dogs and a love of motorcycles seems to be a match made in heaven and a wonderful subject for a film. After all, who doesn't grin when they see a sidecar rig and a begoggled canine face pass by?
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Just choose your contribution level and the backer rewards you would like to receive. It’s super easy! If you choose a reward that requires shipping (many do), be sure to leave your address. We’ll be in touch!
CAN WE EXCEED OUR FUNDING GOAL?
Absolutely! Every dollar we raise goes into the making the film– the more we raise, the better the end result will be.
Risks and challenges
The major risk we face in producing Sit Stay Ride 2 is finding too many amazing subjects to fit into one documentary.– again. In reality, this is a nice problem to have and it might lead to a Part III.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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