Dozens of motorcycles roared down Hollywood Boulevard Wednesday night as enthusiasts gathered to watch director Dana Brown take a victory lap as his motorcycle film “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” had its premiere at the Dolby Theatre.
It’s been more than 40 years since his father, Bruce, released the original “On Any Sunday,” a passionate documentary that ultimately changed the way the world viewed motorcycle racing. Dana Brown followed in his father’s footsteps and took the opportunity to delve deeper into the humanity and excitement of motorcycle culture.
While the film pays homage to the original, he was able to team up with Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment in order to capture the action and emotion of many different facets of motorcycle disciplines and what it means to ride in the United States today.
Stars of the film including Travis Pastrana and Robbie Maddison stepped away from the dirt to enjoy a Hollywood-style event that brought out many current and former riders. The premiere also attracted top athletes such as Lolo Jones. It was Dana who was the real story on the red carpet, as he looked to build on his father’s success and complete a family legacy.
“In a way this is a completion of the circle for me,” Dana Brown said. “Opportunities to do something that furthers a chapter and hopefully do a good enough job that it’s worthy of it.”
The film, which was RBMH’s first film shot entirely in 4K Ultra HD – twice the definition of normal cinema, – turned out to be bigger and more cinematic than Dana Brown had ever envisioned. The cutting edge equipment of the 4K helped bring the picture alive.
Besides the jaw-dropping talent these incredible athletes showcase, “The Next Chapter” shows just how far the sport has evolved over the last four decades and how people are bonded by the passion for motorcycles.
Co-producer of the film, Nick Shrunk, saw this project as a platform to tell a collection of stories with a motorcycle and a theme. They took a different angle that let the audience into these guys’ life showing who they are and what they are away from their bikes.
“I would hope someone is learning something from each one of the characters,” Shrunk said. “Besides some technical skill they do on a motorcycle, but something off of the motorcycle that makes them different and more interesting.”
Take Pastranaʼs longtime hero Doug Henry, an American Motorcyclist Association Motocross Hall of Famer who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2007 crash. His story steps away from the track and into his struggles. He showed his passion for racing when he decided he wasn’t done and had a roll-cage designed specifically for his Yamaha 450 motocrosser. Since Henry’s accident, he has gone on to win a silver and two bronze medals as an X-Games Adaptive SnoCross racer. The film follows Henry as he attempts back-flips for the very first time into a foam pit.
“The Next Chapter” also goes inside to a Riders for Health Benefit event that supports U.S. military veterans and their families.
One way emotion was evoked from stories like Henry’s was through the music for the film. Composer Dave Palmer worked closely with Dana Brown to get very specific with the music and go very detailed with all the sub-chapters of the film. The tones are different with the different riders, each with a color of music that changes.
“The music really evolves with each character,” Palmer said. “And continues to evolve as their stories grow”
Dana Brown hopes to give audiences wow-factors with mind-blowing jumps and unseen footage. But with all the excitement and thrills the key of the film for Dana Brown is to make his dad proud and convey that there is a heartbeat still there.
“It’s a feeling of a shared passion,” Dana Brown said. “I think it’s very important even if you’re not into motorcycles. To share a passion that brings people together is an important message.”