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DITCH THE VAN and THE HUMAN ELEMENT @ Flyover Film Festival

  • Speed Cinema 2035 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY, 40208 United States (map)

DItch the Van and The Human Element, Thursday, July 26th at 6:00pm and 8:00pm at the Speed Cinema.  Q&A with special guests to follow each screening.

TICKETS: $9 General Admission, $7 LFS and Speed members. 

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DITCH THE VAN, 10 minutes

Directed by Kentucky filmmaker Mallory Cunningham, this documentary short follows cellist, singer-songwriter, political activist and fellow Kentuckian Ben Sollee who, after spending a lot of time on whirlwind tours, flying over and driving through America’s towns and cities decided to ditch his van. Becoming burnt out with his health suffering, he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it and set off on a five-year, 5000-mile journey.  His Ditch the Van Tour brings hardships, like broken wheels, tornadoes, unfriendly motorists, and takes twice as long for half the money as a traditional tour.  But it also offers meaningful experiences and a more human pace of life in a frantic world, allowing Sollee time to ponder the big questions, such as: What is worth sacrificing?  And what story is he trying to tell?


In this documentary director Matthew Testa explores how we humans are an elemental force of nature. As our activities alter the other elements—earth, air, water, and fire—those elements are changing us.  In this riveting drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) as he reveals how changes in the elements are affecting the lives of everyday Americans.

The story carries us to raging wildfires, hurricanes, and rising seas. We meet children whose health is affected by our altered air supply. Scientists from a wide range of disciplines describe the underlying physical processes. And, through Balog’s ancestors including scenes and interviews shot in Pikeville, Kentucky, we see coal mining in a new light and discover an uplifting story of coal miners who have turned into renewable energy developers.  The Human Element tells an urgent story that gives inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

Co-presented with Speed Cinema