Nashville, TN — February 8, 2009 — 11 Visions was started on a simple premise: People love wild, crazy adventures! And if they don’t have the inclination to go on one themselves at the moment, they sure love to watch one. Enter 11 Visions Productions. 11 Visions was created by filmmaker Phillip Hullquist and actor Ryan Jeanes. “I met Phillip in South Padre Island, Texas,” Jeanes says, “and I was telling him about the time I hitchhiked across Texas and then England and France when he goes, ‘Yeah, I hitchhiked from Little Rock to Los Angeles.’ I said, ‘Woah, another crazy… thought I was the only one!” Shortly after Jeanes pitched Hullquist an idea for a new movie. “Phillip was just so open to anything I discussed with him,” Jeanes continues. “I said, ‘Hey, I want you to follow me around with a camera as I try to hitchhike across the U.S. in a week.’ He was like, ‘Okay.’ So I bought two plane tickets going to New York from my hometown in Austin, TX and coming back one week later from Los Angeles. Our goal was to hitchhike from New York to L.A. in 7 days and make a movie out of it… and we did.”
The Hitchhiking Movie was the filmmaking pair’s first collaboration. “I’d never done anything of that magnitude,” Phillip says. “I had worked steadily as a director and editor on smaller projects, but this was totally different. It was fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants filmmaking. We had no idea who was going to pick us up or where, we had no idea where we’d be dropped off; so, choosing shots was challenging; but, I can say that The Hitchhiking Movie is an accurate representation of what a real life hitchhiking adventure is like.” To find out more about The Hitchhiking Movie go to www.hitchhikingmovie.com.
Jeanes, who worked as an actor in the Texas market for four years, is comfortable in front of the camera. “I did a lot of commercials in Dallas and San Antonio, and I did live theater. Hosting an adventure documentary is not something I had experience with, but I thought I was a pretty experienced world-traveler and I had broad interests. I knew what I wanted to create, and the finished product was better than I expected. So right now we’ve got even more wild, crazy adventure coming your way.”
Their newest project tentatively titled The River is Life – a play on on Jack Keroac’s famous phrase, “The road is life.” The film will chronicle their journey down America’s greatest river, The Mighty Mississippi. “We’re going to take two kayaks down the entire length, 2252 miles,” Hullquist says. “We don’t have a deadline this time [like we did in The Hitchhiking Movie],” Jeanes notes. “This film will be more about the majesty of the river and the sheer adventurousness of going down North America’s greatest river.” “It should take us 2 and a half months,” Hullquist adds. “Hopefully I’ll have some good upper body development by the end (laughs).”
Jeanes and Hullquist’s movies are as much about the people they meet along the way as their own journey. “When we released The Hitchhiking Movie I was surprised. Many people commented on their ‘favorite’ person like, ‘Oh, I loved the Psychiatrist,’ or, ‘oh, I loved Fred.’ They got really attached to the people we interviewed along the way. We’ll definitely be meeting and interviewing some new characters on the Mississippi River.”
What else is different this time? “Also,” Phillip continues, “we’ve got a blog up during the entire duration of our Mississippi trip. We didn’t have that for The Hitchhiking Movie. Our blog traffic has gone up and so the visibility of our work has gone up. We hope that the farther we go down the river the more and more interest will be generated.” You can visit their blog chronicling their current and past adventures at www.11visions.com.
To say the least, this summer promises to be an adventurous one for the two filmmakers. They are slated to depart from Lake Itasca, Minnesota at the headwaters of the Mississippi River the first day of Summer, June 21, 2009.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Phillip says. “I can’t wait!” “I’m just glad we’ll get to share this with our fans while we’re on the river,” Jeanes adds. “This time you can be on the river with us as we’re making the movie.”
The River is Life is scheduled for release January of next year. To find out more about 11 Visions, The Hitchhiking Movie, The River is Life, and new adventures to come, visit 11visions.com.