Nicholas Schrunk’s Blood Road, the first feature-length documentary from Red Bull Media House, is slated to open the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival.
The film, which premieres at 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Sun Valley Opera House, tells the story of ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch’s father, who was killed in 1972 when his U.S. Air Force fighter plane was shot down during the Vietnam War, and her emotional adventure to reach the crash site.
Produced by Sandra Kuhn, the doc follows Rusch and Vietnamese competitive biking champion Huyen Nguyen on a 1,200-mile cycling journey across Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia via the Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the wreckage point.
“Blood Road is a story about the physical and emotional scars that war leaves on countries, cultures and families,” said Schrunk in a statement. “We set out on the Ho Chi Minh trail to document an epic cycling expedition, as well as Rebecca’s personal journey to visit the crash site, but we ended up uncovering something much deeper.”
Announced at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, Blood Road serves as Red Bull Media House’s first feature-length film written, produced, directed and edited entirely in-house.
The Sun Valley Film Festival runs March 15 to 19 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
“We are honored to open the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival with a film that shares such a unique story,” added Scotty Bradfield, senior VP of production and development for Red Bull Media House North America. “Blood Road is a testament to Red Bull Media House’s commitment to independent cinema, storytelling and the power of human perseverance around the world.”