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The Journey

"Between the Bars"is a video series that will chronicle the motorcycle adventures of two brothers in search of American craftsmen, artists & small business owners over the course of one month in the summer of 2015. 

A Ride to Help America's Small Businesses

A motorcycle journey is a worthy endeavor all its own, but we've decided we want our trip to mean more. That's why 50% of the money raised through our Kickstarter campaign will go to local craftsmen we encounter on along the way -- not as a donation; we'll pay them for their time. That small, family-run hardware store that helps you troubleshoot your project; the storied and familiar roadhouse that now has to compete with big chain restaurants; and of course, motorcycle mechanics and builders. These places make things with their hands, treat their customers with respect and send you off with more than what you came there to buy. In short, if you back Between the Bars, you're helping to preserve a slice of what we think makes America great.

The Budget

At least 50% of our budget is set aside to pay the artist and shop owners that we visit for their time. It's a way to give back and to help folks that we respect.

The rest goes towards the production team & expenses. We will not spend your money on fancy accommodations. We will sleep under the stars, in tents, cabins and in dive motels. If it has room service, it's won't make the itinerary. But we will buy fuel, supplies---for our machines and for our bodies---and pay a small team to follow us and help us film our travels.

We have prepared an estimated budget for this trip. The budget is designed to be lean---we are not trying to make a profit, merely cover travel, equipment, production costs & team expenses.

We plan to hire a nimble but experienced production/post crew with the hope of delivering a meaningful, informative story with extremely high production value. The total budget for this project is therefore $75,000.

The Team

Jonathan Mummolo

A former Washington Post reporter and co-founder of Blood Brothers Inc., Jonathan never hits the road without a notebook in his saddlebag. He's the voice of each journey.

Jonathan Mummolo, Death Valley, CA, 2014
Jonathan Mummolo, Death Valley, CA, 2014

Steve Mummolo

Digital Media Executive and co-founder of Blood Brothers Inc., Steve is the visual director, giving each of our stories eyes and ears.

Steve Mummolo, Malibu CA, 2014
Steve Mummolo, Malibu CA, 2014

 The Rewards

Have You Ever Seen America Between the Bars?

It's getting too easy to ignore the beauty of the American landscape, and to miss out on the lessons it has to teach us. Inside climate-controlled cocoons, most of us reduce a vast and diverse living wilderness to a mere intermediary---a GPS-guided nuisance on the way to someplace else, streaming by in pantomime. We lower a lofty thing---a journey---to something we wish we could dispose of: a commute. We see little, we hear less, we smell nothing, and we hope it all ends as soon as possible.

On a motorcycle, America is so much more. That's because riding leaves us no other choice but to be present, and to experience a place completely. Climb a mountain pass on two wheels, and you'll feel the air grow thin and crisp. Roll through a town at dusk, and you'll smell what families are cooking for dinner. Dare to stop paying attention, and you'll find yourself on that final ride soon enough. There's a conversation at every rest stop and a story on every side road. But we don't hear those stories often enough.

About a year ago, my brother Steve and I decided we might be able to do something about that. After countless two-wheeled adventures, we founded Blood Brothers Inc., a vehicle for us to record and share our experiences from the open road in print and online. Now, with your help, we want to show you more of what America looks like "Between the Bars."

Risks and challenges

Like any adventure, this one is sure to be jam packed with obstacles. Accidents and breakdowns are, unfortunately, possible. The good news is that we keep our motorcycles in perfect working condition, performing standard maintenance at regular intervals. As a result, we have not had a serious technical difficult in all our road trips so far.

We are also sticklers for safety. Despite riding nearly every day for years, there has only been one traffic accident worth mentioning between the two of us. Because we always wear the proper head-to-toe protective gear, neither one of us has ever sustained a serious injury on our bikes, and we never, ever, drink and ride. In sum, the biggest lurking threat to the successful completion of this project is human error on the road. We do everything we can to minimize this concern on our end, but we can’t control other drivers on the road. Like any journey worth taking, this one comes with risks, but we feel we have prepared for them as best we can.

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