Six novice riders—father, sons and friends—take on the Colorado backcountry on BMW F800GS adventure bikes to create a film about life, meaning and the longing to be part of something epic that is written on every human heart.
John Eldredge, author of the New York Times best-seller Wild at Heart (4 million copies sold) and his three sons are joined by two friends for a thousand-mile ride through the best dual-sport tracks the Centennial State has to offer, serving up a thoughtful documentary on life’s deepest questions.
“Everyone is looking for a story worth living,” is the line that opens the film—an adventure narrative that captures the highs and lows of dual-sport riding, including a bone breaking crash on Engineer Pass. “We set out to tell a story about story,” Eldredge explains. “Too many adventure films are high on great footage but desolate when it comes to content and meaning. You can only watch so many Red Bull adrenaline shots till you want something meatier—a film that talks about something worth hearing.”
From a cinematic point of view, A Story Worth Living is certainly a gorgeous “best of Colorado” feast with sumptuous footage ranging from the Sand Dunes through ranch country to the famous high backcountry Alpine Loop outside Ouray. Psychologist Dr. Dan Allender joins Eldredge (a counselor himself) to stir up reflective conversation on the story every individual lives, and the story we are all looking for.
Sam is the co-author of Killing Lions. He graduated with a bachelors in English and is currently living in Colorado Springs where he works on And Sons, film projects, and other writing endeavors. In his spare time he enjoys cigars, Casamigos, and films by Hayao Miyazaki. When he goes out of doors he loves to ride motorcycles, sail, cycle, and adventure with his wife, Susie.
Blaine lives and works in the mountains of Colorado, and not only for the fly fishing. He loves mountains, the Honda CB series, and his position as part of the team at And Sons Magazine.
Luke is completing undergraduate studies in literature and writing at Whitworth University. He is currently focusing on poetry composition, but also dabbles in areas such as creative nonfiction. The gaps between reading and writing are filled with guesswork in the kitchen and Japanese animation.
We aim to explore what it means to live with authentic masculinity as we step into the many aspects of our world today. The idea for our films was born out of a shared desire to see quality content address a wider landscape than what most would assume to be “Christian” or “masculine” or any other of a slew of catchphrases. The name “And Sons” calls upon that history of apprenticeship, of following in our fathers' footsteps, of a shared experience at some core level. Because we are all sons.
Erik Ticen has amplified messages for some of the nation's leading voices. His love for visual storytelling has been expressed in a wide variety of formats … from awareness documentaries, to adventure films, innovative video curriculums, national television broadcasts, and new media applications. In addition to serving as the Senior Film and TV Producer for California Road Studios, Erik is privileged to work as a Vaughn Street senior resident - serving non-profit organizations through brand consulting, writing, workshops and content marketing.
With nearly 20 years of professional filmmaking experience, Erik has documented Maasi Christians in Kenya, filmed the notorious 18th street gang in an Honduras prison, produced an acclaimed addiction recovery program for Cornerstone TeleVision Network, and directed the short film series Killing Lions with New York Times Best Selling Author John Eldredge. He lives in East Aurora, NY with his wife and three children.
California Road Studios, selected by Mix Magazine as one of the hottest new studios worldwide in 2008, is part of the Eastco Group of media and marketing communications companies. Strongly believing in the power of “story,” the people at CRS are wordsmiths, designers, producers and audio and video craftsmen who create media that inspires, teaches, sells, and entertains. They’ve completed thousands of music, video, film and marketing projects of all types for Fortune companies, individuals, small businesses, pop and rock stars, non-profits, education and best-selling authors and speakers. More at www.californiaroadstudios.com.