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“In my youth, I’ve had the opportunity to go on the road with a ska/reggae band as a roadie. I’ve always dreamt of how to translate that to the world of filmmaking. Kelley’s book allows us to live vicariously through his adventures. Lastly, I’m not gonna lie to you, but this is one of the very few books that brought me to tears. I think it could be the best work that Baker has done. Worth the read!” – – Scott McMahon, The Film Trooper Podcast
With no distributor interested in his independent films, Kelley Baker, the Angry Filmmaker, ripped a page out of the punk rock handbook and went looking for his audience in a used minivan with his faithful 120 pound Chocolate Lab, Moses. Every fall and spring they traveled the country showing his films at art house theaters, film festivals, colleges, and biker bars.
Logging over two hundred thousand miles, they encountered a collection of Fellini-esque characters including two hyper-intellectual pro wrestlers in West Virginia, a lying Chicago hotel desk clerk who cost Kelley his home, civil rights workers knocking back rum at Hank Williams’ grave, and a way overzealous drug sniffing border patrol dog outside El Paso, Texas.
Kelley gave an audio workshop for employees of a porn channel, got yelled at in a haunted bar in Memphis, was asked to leave the Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University, and drove twenty-four hundred miles in three days so he wouldn’t miss his daughter’s choir recital.
Moses swam in two oceans, fifteen lakes, and enthusiastically marked thousands of spots from sea to shining sea.
At the end of it all they found a lot more than an audience.
“Kerouac meets Truffaut in this road trip gem. All the ache and passion of film-making, heart-felt by independent filmmaker, Kelley Baker on a trip across America. Enjoy this read as I did on this road well-traveled.” – – Paul Diener, Producer