Living on the Edge: Riding with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club in Pennsylvania
Limited Edition - TV Series Demo Pilot
Limited Edition, demo for TV show series pilot. Biker orientated, Harley-themed documentary reality show that focuses on the positive aspects of motorcycle club life, through the lives, families, communities and jobs of club members. As you ride along with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and their guest, corporate executive Mike Crowe, the bikers host a picnic for returning Iraqi and Afghani war veterans and visit a local Harley dealer to attend a book signing. Made by bikers for bikers, but will captivate anyone in the world who is interested in the biker lifestyle. You can view a six minute preview trailer for this DVD by going to YouTube.com, and putting three words into the search bar there: Vietnam Vets Pennsylvania; after you click the search button, the preview trailer for Living on the Edge: Riding with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club in Pennsylvania will be the first one in the cue. To learn more about this DVD, go to the following website: BlockheadCity.com; and click on the Entertainment; button.
By Ron Milam If you re not living on the edge, you re takin up too much room!
So read the T-shirts, posters, DVDs and promos for a new proposed documentary reality TV series that is being offered to cable television and/or the DVD market. Presented by Blockhead City Entertainment, the series focuses on the positive aspects of motorcycle club life (DVD case liner). For the first episode, director Ed Winterhalder has chosen to highlight the activities of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club in Pennsylvania, a state branch of a national motorcycle club. This choice allows the producers to focus on not only the biker culture and the visual imagery of Harleys and custom bikes, but also the Vietnam veteran culture. And this combination raises issues that supersede the activities of middle-age men riding bikes because there has always been a fascination about the veteran biker.
There is historical debate regarding whether biker gangs such as the Hells Angels and Bandidos were founded by veterans, but there is little controversy about the presence of many veterans in such clubs. Perhaps it was inevitable that a motorcycle club with membership exclusively drawn from those who served in America's most controversial war would establish itself as a positive club. (The club's website states that Vietnam Era vets are eligible to join. Another club, In Country Vets MC requires members to have actually served in Vietnam.) In interviews conducted by the film's director, Vietnam Veterans with nicknames such as No Gas, Tunnel Rat, and Dog Man, explain why they joined the club, and why it is important that they continue to support each other in a brotherhood of bikers.
This episode follows the bikers as they plan and execute a weekend of activities designed to welcome home Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) veterans. Every Vietnam Veteran makes reference to having been spit on or treated poorly upon their DEROS (Date Eligible for Return from Overseas), and these bikers express their concern that today's vets receive better treatment. While the issue of whether society actually or metaphorically spit on returning vets remains a subject for academic discourse, there is no debate among these veteran bikers. So much of the air time is devoted to this topic that the reviewer can only assume that ill treatment as perceived by the veterans is the motivating factor not only for their immediate focus on the current war veterans, but also for the existence of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club itself.
The film also provides an insider's look at the future of veteran biker clubs. While the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club is the largest and most visible of the veteran biker clubs, the Legacy Vets are also given air time. Membership in this group requires one to have served in the military after 1975 and thus is composed of bikers whose beards (and guts) provide a sharp contrast to that of the Vietnam veterans. And a new club composed of current war veterans is mentioned the 2nd Brigade. All of this brotherhood, controversy, and camaraderie is best described by Rob "No Gas" Kantner when he contemplates today's warriors: Nobody recognized us when we came home those boys are getting a lot of recognition. ... Maybe the government ain't doin the right thing, who really knows, but those guys who are over there are Americans and that s where they want to serve.
The show is professionally produced with good cinematography and sound editing. Living on the Edge's director Winterhalder hopes to develop this pilot project into a television reality series. This episode is a good first step, and the ultimate success will be determined by whether a television audience will be interested in "good bikers". --International Journal of Motorcycle Studies - March 2008 EditionSee all Editorial Reviews
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P Kerns UDT-11
Hopefully the VNV MC will use this video to clean up the ranks.