Last year in August I got a phone call from a guy with a cool French accent who said he was traveling across the US on a motorcycle and filming people along the way who he considered to be part of the Respectful Revolution. I looked Gerard Ungerman up on IMDB and it definitely seemed that after doing hard hitting documentaries on Desert Storm, Plan Columbia and the War on Terror, he needed a break to focus on people making positive changes in their communities. So he and his wife Stacey Wear teamed up on this film project and unique website where the video vignettes are embedded in an interactive map of Gerard’s journey.
To show how small the world is, I had visited my friend and colleague Scott Perez who does farm and ranching friendly land conservancy work in Durango earlier in the summer. Scott and his family took my husband and I out to lunch at Linda’s Local Food Cafe and introduced me to Linda Illsley, the owner. Gerard had contacted Linda to include her in the project and asked her if there were other folks she could point him to heading west from Durango. She suggested he call me.
I was technically supposed to be out of town on a field course with the Prescott College agroecology students, but my dissertation revisions were dragging on (as dissertation revisions tend to do). Then Gerard’s Harley got a flat tire on the way out of Sedona in a tremendous monsoon thunderstorm, the Prescott Harley shop was closed on Mondays and he ended up as a house guest at Chez Jack for a few days until he could get back on the road. So this is what you get when you combine way to many zoospores to imagine, a flat motorcycle tire and a filmmaker on a unique mission across the continent. Thanks again, Gerard, it was an honor to be involved in this project. Keep an eye out for Gerard coming back to Prescott to host some local screenings and community discussions on the power of working towards positive change.
In the comments section below, please nominate someone for Gerard to profile when he returns to town. There are so many great projects going on to pick from!
Other folks profiled in our region:
And the two places I visited in Durango with Scott Perez. Linda’s Local Food Cafe and Twin Buttes Sustainable Development Project: