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“Free Lunch” Movie Will Document Hitchhiking Adventure

I’m going to take a quick break from the Mississippi River news to tell you about a new hitchhiking adventure beginning later this week which is similar to our own hitchhiking trip from back in 2007.

David, Docta, and Erik
David, Docta, and Erik

While Ryan and I have been pleased with the success of our own hitchhiking movie, there is always room for another one. That’s why I was so excited to hear about Erik Price’s new film tentatively titled “Free Lunch.” Erik and his team of two other friends will start together from Cameron Park in central California and plan to cover a route that will take them to the four corners of the continental United States AND hit every single state. It’s an ambitious goal to be sure and one that may end up taking longer than their estimated 4 week timeline.

The great thing about hitchhiking movies is that every one of them is guaranteed to be unique. The experience is so unpredictable that nearly anyone can go out with a camera and come back with very different stories. Erik’s also managed to one-up us by bringing an high-definition camera and covering a much-longer route. Both of our stories focus on a similar theme of the kindness found on the American highways, and follow the rule of not bringing any of our own money. By including three people in his group he’s not only tripling the fun, but also breaking new ground as most hitchhikers travel solo or as a team of two. It will be interesting to see how this affects their ability to get rides.

The Proposed Month-long Route
The Proposed Month-long Route

I spoke with Erik briefly about his plans and he seems to be well prepared for the journey. His team has just completed a 1000 mile trial run from central to southern California and back which helped them all get into the grove of what they will be experiencing during the long weeks ahead. A solid HD camera, a dozen extra batteries, and a dedicated cameraman means they are unlikely to miss any of the action.

Erik plans to record video continually for up to 10 hours per day, but I have a suspicion they will reduce this amount as the journey progresses. After all, hitchhiking inherently has lots of downtime and the resulting 300 hours of raw footage would certainly slow down the post-production process. Following the grueling trip, there is the even bigger task of editing down those hours of video into a entertaining movie. We wish Erik and his team the best of luck on their epic American adventure. The hitchhiking community certainly needs more media featuring the activity positively.

Follow Erik’s adventure: www.twitter.com/FreeLunchMovie
Join their Facebook group: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117678829253
Learn more about hitchhiking: www.digihitch.com

4 out of 5 Stars! No, It’s not Star Search

What is Ed McMahon doing now anyway?  Well, here he is on Tom Green.  No!  We got 4 out of 5 stars for the latest review of The Hitchhiking Movie!  Sweet!

Click here for the review.

I’m likable apparently.  I’ll take that.  If you haven’t already, check out the Hitchhiking Movie today.  It’ll cost you 4.95 to watch it online or, if you want the DVD, 17.95.

Updates on the Mississippi Adventure coming soon!

11 Visions Gets Cursed Out, In a Good Way

I will not say f...
I will not say F...

Phillip and I have been receiving hundreds, well, tens of letters from our fans congratulating us on the release of The Hitchhiking Movie.  We thank you for your words and your dollars.  We will continue to make this the best adventure blog there is.  Some letters have been polite, some have been enthusiastic and some have have had (MY FAVORITE!) FOUL LANGUAGE!

As some of you know, I, Ryan Jeanes, love foul language.  I lather myself up with it, I take it to bed with me at night and hug it till I fall asleep, I make foul-language jellies and jams out of it, preserving it in mason jars for the summer months.

Let us tell a tale:  a tale of three emails from our fans.  They will illustrate perfectly why foul language, properly placed, can be the most sincere form of communication.

Email 1

Brent Weaver to me
show details 12:44 PM (13 hours ago) Reply

Hey Ryan,

I just wanted to send you an email congratulating you on the release of your movie. I’m sure that must have taken a lot of work and it is good to see it released. When I get a chance in the next week or so I will watch it online and let you know what I think.

I hope all has been well, take care.

Warmest Regards,

Brent Weaver
website –
http://www.hotpressweb.com

Email 2

Amanda Eaton to me
show details Apr 16 (2 days ago) Reply

Hey you crazy mo fo! The trailer looks cool, will definitely check it out! I was wondering if you lived in Chicago anymore, I haven’t seen you forever, I guess you are just busy swimming to prisons and jumping out planes.
Great work my friend,
keep it up!
Amanda 🙂

Email 3

Matt Griffo
5:48 PM (8 hours ago)

That’s SO FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Matt Griffo
585.520.2514
www.mattgriffo.com

Okay, let’s break it down.  The first email is extremely nice.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so nice.  It is articulate and well-formed, and it turns out that my little brother’s best friend from high school is not so little anymore.  Bravo, Brent.  If you ever need a website redesigned, Brent Weaver is your man.

The second email is brimming with enthusiasm.  It is also nice.  Mo fo is a foray into Bad Language Land but no coarseness orcs are slain.  I love Amanda and  think she’s great.  If you ever need a dramatic actress in the Chicago area, Amanda Eaton is your woman.

The third email made me laugh out loud.  I was touched.  I laughed again.  I’m reading it now and laughing.  I think it’s sincere.  It has a boy-like quality.  It is endearing… and absolutely foul-mouthed.  I love it.

It’s a one-liner.  He doesn’t say “see you soon” or “blah blah blah, tell me more, we’ll keep in touch;” he sincerely expresses himelf the only way any self-respecting curse-oholic would:  That… is so fucking awesome.  LOL.  Oh wait, don’t forget the !!!!!!!!!!, and he actually hit Cntrl + I to make it italicized.  Oh, and he capitalized the last 3 words, not the first.  It’s almost like there’s a build up:  That’s (wait, 2, 3, 4) so fucking awesome!

Matt Griffo is a commedian and an improvizational actor.  You can reach him here if you ever need a crowd entertained.

Which email is better?

None one of them.  Each form of communication has its place, and each is sincere.  Insincere communications get thrown by the wayside.  Which is why I’ve pledged to express myself as sincerely as possible on this blog even if I have to throw a Fuck-bomb.  Uhhhhh, waitaminute.  Are you supposed to say F-bomb so you don’t say fuck?  Shit, okay, ummmm, I love Fu… F-bombs.  They pierce through the social cheesecloth.  Cursing, used genuinely, can slice right to the meat of how you really feel.  “Ryan, I am so proud of you” or “Ryan, this movie is fucking awesome!”  Sincerity, enthusiasm, and disregard for social norms (also known as sincerity) all wrapped up into a nice F-burrito.  Munch, munch. Mmmmmm, F-burritos.

We thank all of you

11 Visions would like to thank you all for purchasing the movie and forwarding it on to your friends.  Thank you for your congratulations and we encourage you to use our comments section to say anything on your mind.  We love comments!  And as long as the words are sincere, cursing is cool with us.

Ryan Jeanes is a compulsive curser and is trying to honor his mom’s pleas to curse less.  His efforts are yielding mixed results.

The Hitchhiking Movie Documentary Released on DVD

The Hitchhiking MovieNashville, TN — April 14, 2009 — Adventure documentary The Hitchhiking Movie was released today on DVD. The movie follows the journey of actor Ryan Jeanes and director Phillip Hullquist in their attempt to cross the entire continental United States in less than a week, using nothing more than their thumbs.

“Before we left for the trip, people told us we’d be stabbed or murdered,” Jeanes says. “Very heartening.”  The 101-minute feature film chronicles the filmmaking duo’s experiences as 23 complete strangers stop to pick them up and take them from New York City towards Los Angeles. (You will have to watch the film to see if they actually make it.)  “I had already bought two return tickets from L.A.” Jeanes continues. “We had to make it or we’d miss the flight back.”

The pair created the website 11visions.com which not only sells their DVD but also highlights their current adventures which include a float down the entire length of the Mississippi River and a swim across the English Channel. Adventure travel seems to be their mainstay, but as Jeanes explains, “I think many people have desires to leave their current existence and go do something crazy. Where most people stop at that impulse, we actually go do it, and we get it on film.”

The Hitchhiking Movie is funny, insightful and full of unexpected surprises.  Hullquist explains, “I was a one-man crew with no script, so it was challenging to set up the shots we needed to make the film. We wanted to capture the realism of being like any other hitchhiker on the road, so our camera gear was kept to a minimum.”

What about the danger? “That’s what we wanted to dispel,” Hullquist says. “This is a realistic portrayal of hitchhiking unlike what you see in your average horror movie.”  “There’s no blood and guts,” Jeanes adds. “It’s nothing like that. The only real fear was whether we could make it before the deadline.”

Entertaining scenarios abound in this documentary:  A hysterical yet attractive young woman offers to drive them from New Jersey to Los Angeles, a Seminole Indian entreats them to smoke his prayer pipe, a rowdy, one-eyed construction worker instructs on the basics of train hopping, and the pair finds themselves desperate in Denver with over 1000 miles to travel and less than 48 hours to do it.  If real life adventure is your thing, this film is for you.

“A lot of people probably aren’t going to finish watching the movie and then go stick their thumbs out on the side of the road,” Jeanes points out. “The beauty is that The Hitchhiking Movie is for both the armchair and active adventurer. You can share in the fun without even leaving your house.”

To purchase The Hitchhiking Movie, go to www.hitchhikingmovie.com, or visit the parent website 11visions.com. The film is available in streaming video and DVD which includes bonus scenes, an audio commentary from the crew as well as a special “drunk commentary.”

The Hitchhiking Movie – on sale now at 11visions.com.

Phillip Hullquist and Ryan Jeanes will embark from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to begin their journey down the Mississippi River via kayak in May of this year. Visit http://www.11visions.com for more info.

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