"Witness header-to-header combat, high on the fruited plains!" One June day each year, the tiny farming town of Lind, Washington explodes with vibrant sound and color and crushing action--and grows tenfold in population--as retired wheat harvesting combines converge from around the region to compete in an offbeat and hilarious sporting event now recognized around the world. Over 20 years in the running, the Lind Combine Demolition Derby, sponsored by the town's Lions Club, generates critical funding for many of the town's activities and amenities. In a time when many of America's family farms are in jeopardy due to global economics, corporate farming, and political forces, this contest offers an ingenious hand of support to one local community.
Release in Fall of 2010. Hareinthegate.com
Amber Waves & Checkered Flags follows the five-year journey of two best friends to gain and hold the championship title as their fathers did before them. As kids, Matt and Josh drove combine in their families' wheat fields, dreaming of the day they'd be old enough to "derby" the aged machines they would work hard to refurbish. Josh and Matt and numerous family members and friends convene around "Jaws", the finned, sky-blue, John Deere 6602 sidehill combine, to ready the beast for battle in the Lind Rodeo Arena. Malfunctioning machinery may mean defeat. Plus, the competition is stiff--and sometimes victory is snatched from Jaws...but not for long! This film captures the derby's jubilant spirit; but it also reveals the poignant struggle of towns like Lind, and young farmers like Josh and Matt, to hold on to an endangered way of life.
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