Friday, October 24, 2008

Sterling, Colorado: Nebraska Can't Stop The Madness

See The Sterling Video Here

This is madness.

18 Episodes. 18 Days. 18 Hours of Sleep.


And then there was Nebraska. Perhaps annoyed that she is the first state we passed through plans to shoot or sleep, she did everything she could to keep us at bay. What can you say about a state that we spent 18 hours in without escaping the downpours of an occluded front?

11 miles inside the border and 11 miles over the limit, flashing lights and $119 later, we made our acquaintance. No strong radio signal left me following the first World Series game played by my cherished Phillies in 15 years via text messages from my sister in California. Then the steady rain turned to tempestuous snow slowing than halting forward progress.

Flakes ran horizontal across the highway and we for the first time on the trip we indulged in a motel. But while the trip could not go on, the show must. At 6:30 am, Graham wrapped the Denison episode and at 7:30 am we were traversing I-80 again.

At 7:40 am we were on the side of I-80 with a useless right front tire.

But that was the last and best that Nebraska could challenge us with. A kindly tow truck driver, a neighborly tire center and a changed shoot location kept us on schedule

The appealing tale of urban Greeley, Colorado became the compelling story of rural Sterling, Colorado. Location, it is clear does not matter, While the stories are each unique, what remains the same is the plethora of engaging local issues, articulate characters, and spectacularly scenery to be documented in each area.

And while I've spent this entire piece self-indulgently reveling in our simple tales of woe, I'm as comfortable as I've ever been ever on a story or a shoot. This is madness. But there's a lovely intense calm to it all.

See The Sterling Video Here

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