Sit Stay Ride: The Story Of America’S Sidecar Dogs Film Screening

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Sit Stay Ride: The Story Of America’S Sidecar Dogs Film Screening
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WMNF Community radio says
Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in the open air of motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the highway. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.

Co-directed by the husband and wife filmmaking team of Eric and Geneva Ristau, “Sit Stay Ride” examines 18 motorcyclists and dog-in-sidecar devotees, who, apart from that unusual shared passion wouldn’t seem to have much in common…though most of their canine pals are rescue dogs, and when riding, they protect their eyes with “doggles.”

Still, “Sit Stay Ride” is brimming with fascinating folks, including JD Whittaker, who turned his motorcycle’s trunk lid into a painted tribute to Lance Corporal Colton Rusk, an explosive detection dog handler who was so effective at his job that he was assassinated by the enemy.

Whittaker and his sidecar dog, Hercules, travel all over the country, telling Rusk’s story, and urging people to photograph the trunk lid, and share those pictures and Rusk’s story on social media. Whittaker is, Ristau has observed, “Riding with his dog for a higher purpose.” Whittaker will be one of the sidecarists from the film who will be featured on the July 22 edition of WMNF’s “Talking Animals.”

Similarly, while it initially may seem merely an entertaining tour of a quirky province, “Sit Stay Ride” blossoms into a surprisingly poignant film, propelled by themes of freedom, joy, friendship, love, rescue, companionship and redemption. Viewers and reviewers have also been struck by its cinematic beauty--as documentaries go, it's a particularly gorgeous film.

Tickets are only $10, in benefit for WMNF!

Here is link to the trailer- (sorry about the ad!)
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By: WMNF Community radio

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