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Project of the Day: Looking at VW Culture in 'Circle the Wagen'

By Indiewire | Indiewire February 29, 2012 at 9:30AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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"Circle the Wagen"
"Circle the Wagen"


Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Circle the Wagen

Tweetable Logline:
Ramshackle bus + idealistic adventurer = a cross-country miracle made possible by a teeming underground of vintage VW fanatics along US-66.

Elevator Pitch:
CIRCLE THE WAGEN is a feature documentary on the vintage Volkswagen subculture in America—that close-knit community for whom the joy of driving is the joy of living. It follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive neophyte, on his journey down Route 66 in a ‘72 bus won on eBay for $787. Through countless backfires, blowouts, and breakdowns the heart of the vintage VW community is revealed as they attempt to save “The Croc” from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California.

Production Team:
Director: Ryan Steven Green
Producers: Charlie Pecoraro, Ryan Steven Green, David Torstenson
Editor: Miles Painter
Cinematographer: Lawson Deming

About the Production:
"
Remember when mom used to always tell you not to talk to strangers? If this film has taught me anything, it’s to ALWAYS talk to strangers. In so doing I have been embraced by a community of some of the most giving individuals I have met in my life. Strangers helping strangers. Imagine. In a time in our nation’s history when polarization prevails and fear oozes from the media’s every pore, a message such as that of Circle the Wagen’s, “Hey, guys! Let’s get together!” is so needed. I’ve made an unapologetically optimistic film. Deal with it, America."  -Ryan Steven Green

Current Status:
Two-hour assembly. Raising money via Kickstarter for remainder of post-production.

For more information and the support this project:

Kickstarter Page

Circle the Wagen - Teaser Trailer from Ryan Green on Vimeo.

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