If you ask any seasoned filmmaker to shoot across 13 states and 3,000+ miles over 21 days with an antique car, they would tell you that you are crazy! However, one year ago, we did just that to create our newest film, POLARA.
POLARA is a coming-of-age story about a young man’s cross-country journey to reconnect with his estranged father. Along the way he uncovers mysteries of friendship, family, trust, and what secrets are enclosed in the sealed container in the trunk.
To make this film, we traveled across the country 3 times – one to scout, one to shoot, and a final trip for pickups and to return the vehicle back to the east coast.
Everyone knows no road trip is complete without a good playlist. Check out some of the tunes that kept us going throughout production.
Lizzo – ‘About Damn Time’ Prince – ‘Little Red Corvette’ Muse – ‘Starlight’ Tom Petty – ‘Runnin' Down a Dream’ Justin Beiber – ‘Ghost’ Harry Styles – ‘As It Was’ Dr. John – ‘Right Place Wrong Time’ Ice Cube – ‘You Know How We Do It’ Lenny Kravitz – ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ Foo Fighters – ‘Monkey Wrench’ Glass Animals– ‘Heat Wave’ Kendrick Lamar – ‘N95’ Neko Case – ‘Hold On, Hold On’ Eagles – ‘One of These Nights’ Regina Spektor – ‘One Man's Prayer’ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ George Ezra – ‘Green Green Grass’ Maren Morris – ‘Circles Around This Town’ Sheryl Crow – ‘Everyday is a Winding Road’ Bartees Strange – ‘Heavy Heart’ Kings of Leon – ‘Last Mile Home’ SZA – ‘Jodie Cyndi Lauper – ‘I Drove All Night’ Lil Nas X – ‘That's What I Want’ Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’ 2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre – ‘California Love’ The Stuffers – ‘Don't Bother Me’ Katrina & the Waves – ‘Walking on Sunshine’ Canned Heat – ‘On the Road Again’ Kate Bush – ‘Running Up That Hill’ Diplo, Miguel – ‘Don't Forget My Love’ Outkast – ‘Roses’ Drake, Wizkid, Kyla – ‘One Dance’ Billie Eilish – ‘Ocean Eyes’ The Kid LAROI – ‘Thousand Miles’ Tracy Champan – ‘Fast Car’ King Harvest – ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ Don McLean – ‘American Pie’
The challenges we faced included filming during a pandemic, skyrocketing gas prices, and even being robbed at gunpoint! However daunting, this project also brought out the best in our entire cast and crew and we had an amazing adventure! We are so excited to share this touching story alongside the beautiful footage of the open road with you soon.
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About POLARA: On TJ’s 18th birthday, a stranger delivers him a key from his father, last seen as he was hauled off to prison 8 years previously. With the key is the address for a proposed meeting - 3000 miles away and in two weeks. The key unlocks a timeworn 1968 convertible, with a coffin welded to its floor. With each decision that follows, TJ plunges deeper into the mysterious and beautiful landscapes we all navigate – on our own, with our tribe, through the shifting turns of the road ahead. Click to learn more.