Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Trucking documentary to premiere Friday

“Drive and Deliver” is creating some pre-GATS buzz in the trucking industry. That’s the title of a new documentary-style film detailing the life of long-haul truckers.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I did see a trailer and some promotional outtakes. Truthfully, it looks like it beats the heck out of some overrated studio films from the local Blockbuster that have wasted a number of my evenings this summer.

The film – directed by Academy Award-nominated director Brett Morgen – takes you into the cabs of three long-haul truckers as they make their way across the country. The film’s makers have said that they wanted to portray the truckers’ world “where the realities of family, business and brotherhood converge into one inspiring story.”

You’ll meet Tim Young, Steven Donaldson and Chris LeCount, not actors, but the real thing. Steven and Chris, in fact, are OOIDA members.

The film was bankrolled by Navistar International, so it’s no surprise that the other starring role was landed by the LoneStar.

The film is set to premiere at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas. The word is that it will be red-carpet affair and is already sold out. According to The New York Times, the carpet will “accommodate” about 600 truckers and other invited guests.

Whether or not Joan Rivers and her daughter will be patrolling the carpet, snagging comments from celebrity hotties is unknown. What we do know is that two hot editors from Land Line will be there, so we’ll get the inside scoop from Senior Technical Editor Paul Abelson and Land Line Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski.

If you are not among the red-carpet crowd Friday night in Dallas, don’t worry, dahling. Subsequent screenings are planned at more than 50 truck stops around the country. After that, the film is to be released on DVD.