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RAGBRAI movie plays at Wild Rose Independent Film Festival

  • 1 November, 2010

by Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register

At least one of the movies in this year’s Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, Thursday through Nov. 11 at the Fleur Cinema and Café, may look familiar.

“A Million Spokes,” a documentary about the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, follows the stories of three riders who tackled the ride in 2009. A 10-camera crew followed a first-timer, a paraplegic man and a widower who sprinkled his wife’s ashes along the route. The producers plucked their stories from a pile of thousands of RAGBRAI applications.

“(RAGBRAI director) T.J. (Juskiewicz) pulled out all the people who answered the question ‘Do you have anything interesting to tell us?’ ” producer Talia Rodriguez-Shakur said from her office in Los Angeles.

She and her team called several hundred riders, asked some to send photos and videos, and finally narrowed their focus to the three. They also focused on a team, from Fort Madison, to highlight the ride’s party atmosphere.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the producer, who is pitching the show to cable TV. “When I discuss this with other industry people – just the sheer amount of coverage and distance that we covered on any given day – it’s just a different animal.”

Other films to be shown at the eighth-annual festival include:

– “Haunting Villisca,” a documentary about the notorious 1912 murders in southwest Iowa

– “Ash,” about a kidnapping’s impact on the police investigator assigned to the case

– “Driver’s Ed Mutiny,” about three teenagers’ road trip in a high-jacked driver’s ed car

– “Impulse,” a short thriller about the apocalypse

– “CTL ALT DELETE,” about a lonely woman obsessed with the Internet

– “The Experiment,” about a prison experiment that spins out of control

– and the zany comedy “Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball.”


  1. Edwin Lurssen

    I want it! where or how do I get it? I just want it. Thanks for the info.

  2. Meredith Johnson

    Where can you purchase a copy?

  3. Kevin

    I also missed all the showings in Sioux City, where can I pickup a DVD?

  4. Susan

    Thanks for your wonderful comments. At the moment we are still working on distribution, hoping to get it on national Television. But as soon as the DVD is available, we will let you know.

  5. Diane

    I also am interested in a copy and know others who are also. Any chance it can be shown again on 1/29 in Des Moines, in conjunction with the Route Announcement Party for RAGBRAI?

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