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.


  1. The drivers are using new trucks to haul the loads? It isn't very "based in reality" if they're using brand new equipment instead of what they would ordinarily drive (you know, subject to breakdowns, a need to be cleaned, etc).
    I understand how it's going to maybe get trucks viewed and people interested, but if they wanted the "real day in the life" feel, they should've loaded up some folks in the back of a well used and moderately maintained truck and hit the road that way.
    Trucking is HARD. I don't know why they'd want to make it seem all sweet, fluffy and comfortable.

    - Wendy in Cincinnati

  2. Will it be realistic...are we going to see speed traps in Monroe Lousiana,lack of truck parking,rest areas that trucks can't use,states with artfically low speed limits,dangerious roads in need of repair,random urine test,filthy bathrooms/showers,speeding police talking on cellular phones,cops nearing retirement working over-time to boost retirement pay. Or will it be just a advertisement full of the cute stuff that we all have become accustom to...


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