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Richard Branson flew director Josh Tickell and producer Rebecca Harrell to do a private interview with him in his living room in England for FUEL.
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On January 1, 2010, Director Josh Tickell married Producer Rebecca Harrell, who also starred in the Christmas movie "Prancer" as a young girl. She also wrote and sang the song "Drive" that plays during the closing credits. Rebecca has been instrumental in changing the direction of the film since Sundance, and has breathed new life into Josh's efforts to bring education about sustainable fuels to the country and the world.
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Josh Tickell lived in his Veggie Van for the first two years of making the movie.
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Director Josh Tickell worked on FUEL for 11 years.
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'Josh Tickell' was showing a rough edit of "FUEL", then titled "Fields of Fuel", to small audiences in order to raise money in the fall of 2007. Robert Redford was shown a copy, and insisted the film be shown at Sundance in January of 2008. With less than a month to prepare the film for the film festival, Josh had to enlist the help of dozens of volunteers, and work day and night. Josh was very ill with the flu, and completely exhausted while promoting the film at Sundance. After an all-night edit, two copies of the film were flown from LA to Salt Lake City just hours before the first sold-out screening. Two vehicles left for the airport in horrendous weather, each to grab one copy and bring it to the theater. The lanes heading back to Park City were completely blocked by trucks stuck in the snow. Both copies made it to the theater with less than an hour to spare.
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The Veggie Van, seen in the film "FUEL", is still running strong. Josh slept in it the van for much of the film, parking it anywhere he could to try to get a night's rest on the way to the next interview or appearance. The original interior has been removed to make the back of the van into a mini screening room, complete with bench seats, monitors, and a battery/inverter system to run the monitors and a DVD player. The cab of the Veggie Van is unchanged from Josh's days crossing the country in search of the next barrel of grease. The clutch pedal is awfully close to the fender well, so it's easier to drive in town with your left shoe off. The van has a top speed of about 65 mph. Tail winds and downhill grades are very welcome occurrences. Josh, and the many of his staff drive much more practical diesel vehicles than the Veggie Van, and they run biodiesel whenever they can.
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After the film showed at Sundance, Josh had the funding he needed to do extensive editing and re-shooting to keep the film current, and to address changes in the alternative fuels climate. When "Fields of Fuel" became "Fuel", in its current form, the film addressed the controversies about biofuels, and added an animated section explaining the science and economics behind biofuels.
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