For Thousands of Miles, by Los Angeles based film maker Mike Ambs, is a feature length documentary examining a young man’s 4200 mile ride across the Northern United States and where it left him after he finished.
Ambs, who works on the creative team at Disney Interactive, describes it in detail: “At the age of 26, Larry McKurtis, left for the Atlantic ocean, leaving behind the small town he had always known, in search of new things, new people and new places.
“In his mind he had always imagined the road to be full of adventure and happenstance, which it was, but in ways that were often unnoticeable to the passing traffic; the summer sunsets would burn colors in the horizon Larry would later be unable to describe; the fireflies would weave in and out of the tall midwest fields, with no one there to share in every detail of the world around him. The loneliness of the open road left him feeling alive, awake – himself in ways he was never able to be before.
“After 64 days, he reached the Atlantic, an ocean he had never before seen – and just as quickly and quietly as his trip had begun, it was over.
“His bed was just the way he had left it, the small town he had spent all his life in hadn’t changed an inch, but everything and everyone around him felt foreign for the first time. What the young man never anticipated, was just how long his trip would go on after the road had come to an end.”
The official For Thousands of Miles trailer has just been released on Vimeo and it looks stunning. The full feature length documentary is expected to be released in April 2013, with screenings in the northern USA in small town theatres as well as other venues like parks and community centers. More details to follow when they become available. For now, just watch the trailer to give you a taste of what Ambs has created: