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Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne'er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue 1972 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save "The Croc" from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California. Written by
Ryan Steven Green and Charlie Pecoraro
I attended the premier of Circle the Wagen last weekend during the inaugural Albuquerque Film and Media Experience and I can say without reservation that you will enjoy this film. In addition to providing a glimpse into the untold, unsung and remarkable world of the vintage Volkswagen cult, you have here both a satisfying 'buddy picture' coupled with an amazing, extended road trip. In documentary style, Dave Torstenson and Charlie Pecoraro record every foot of the journey from Tulsa to Santa Monica, much of which takes place on old U.S. 66. For anyone who has ever attempted a cross-country trip in a vintage vehicle, you will recognize all their trials and tribulations (including a hair-raising montage of the road from Kingman to Oatman, Ariz.). One cringes as the next inevitable crisis unfolds. The story is well told with good humor and a decided lack of the ear-banging and fast cutting that plague most current films. The hand of a skillful editor is apparent in the production. Circle the Wagen also features some brilliant animation slightly reminiscent of Monty Python. This is first class stuff and given the tight budget and that this is a first effort, it is something of a minor miracle. I don't know of any definite distribution plans, but should you have the opportunity to see Circle the Wagen, do it.
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