Riding Wild, A So Called Documentary
The best way to look at Riding Wild is as a road movie forced to live within the city limits. Thus there is a sense of frustrated freedom, a contradiction that turns like the bike wheels they seem permanently attached. But rather than being stuck, the documentary’s subject Dink, draws inspiration, hope and solutions from his confines as well as runs into its limits that keeps him thrashing for if not a solution at least an outlet. The on the road momentum is very much the look and the experience that the filmmakers got from tagging along with Dink as he leads a tribe of BMXers to bushwhack and then cultivate an illegal set of trails along a raggedy patch of woods in the city to keep from the hassles and violence that unfortunately has distinguished Baltimore City. While Dink’s world is at best three square miles of his alley house in one of the most dangerous sectors in the city, his bond with his beat up baby blue BMX stunt bike, keeps him spinning through the street, across the sad decaying city skate park always returning to the woods that he has claimed by the highway, next to a railroad tracks, near a scrapyard. He is always on the road, always in motion even when expanding the trial adding ramps or cutting through Baltimore swamp jungle as he pushes to create a trail that he dreams will one day can stand nationally amongst the unofficial list of legendary trails nationwide.
But Dink at 36, will be the first to say he is no mentor. His employment record is spotty and has his owns problems. His dedication to the trail comes from somewhere deeper that may or may not be in sync with self-sufficiency in the same way an artist’s drive to finish an opus might not be in-line with steady employment .
Riding Wild was funded by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund and was completed in December. It currently is awaiting results from numerous festivals.