Wow, what a show put on by Jim Rice and company at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura! Over 100 folks showed up for a screening, food & drinks, as well as the film itself with a Q/A session after the show. The cross section of lifestyles that showed only gave proof of how impactful George Christie is to the Ventura community and the motorcycle culture internationally. The presence of members of other MCs also attributed to his reputation as a peacemaker and an icon within the MC world.
The film itself is a documentary, my favorite type of program, and looked back on George's history with MCs, his family, and conflict with the government over the years. His recent conviction is also explained and deep insight is given to just how heavy the government can be as an enemy and accuser, very scary stuff. I learned to never take your freedoms for granted and to cherish each moment doing those things that bring you joy with those that you love.
I believe that this film is important in many ways, it is a testimony to a person's right to self-determination and just how dangerous someone who lives for the constitutionally guaranteed pursuits of happiness can seem to the powers that be. It also shows the impacts on a person's family when their loved one becomes the focus of a full-on frontal assault by an enemy with unlimited resources and money.
There were some great folks there, I got to meet George Wegers, the Aging Rebel (you rule!, Nick Mead, who made the film, Mike Bowen from Breaking Bad (cool guy!), and so many other great folks at Bell Arts. Thanks to George Christie & Family, James Golff, Jim Rice, Steve, Nick Mead, and the very cool Friday Lubina for an amazing and unforgettable night! The film is in distribution deal status and will be available soon! Look for it!
Yea, I look a little giddy, wouldn't you? George Wegers is behind us, very cool guy also!
UPDATE!!!! Documentary premiere in Ventura at the Bell Arts Center Community
Room, 28 Sep at 4 & 7pm. Details can be found at http://www.bigdowner.net Mr. Christie
will be at the premiere for a Q & A after the film. Amazing event in
New trailers are on the site and Youtube, just search for The
Last American Outlaw. Must see event!
Another masterpiece from Mr. Schaaf. "Underdone?" Nope, pure function & style, I guess some less classy peers of his voted him out of the show due to tardiness.... Whatever, Max is class, period, and everyone knows it. Well done machine sir, well done indeed. Pic stolen from Max's blog.
The amazing story of Frank Reynolds, the Secretary of the Frisco Hells Angels during the '60s as told to Michael McClure. Very hard to find, but worth it! Fills in the blanks left open by Thompson's book, lots of stream of consciousness and period slang. Not a long read, but essential to get an idea of the times and of club life. Very highly recommended, and usually available through Library exchange systems. Posted with respect.