The Biking Viking packs his bicycle with video and camping gear to pedal from Missoula Montana, south through Idaho to Nevada to film the current flurry of cyanide gold mining in the area. The bicycle idyll is overwhelmed by constant mining truck traffic on the road. He is invited to camp on the ranch of Western Shoshoni elder, Carrie Dann and speaks with her about the awful scourge of mining in her area.
Pedaling for miles on rural, empty, dirt roads, the Biking Viking mulls Carrie Danns words and concerns. He films his bicycling shadow as the sun sets and composes a song about the mining which he sings, acappella, with bicycle breath, into the microphone of his little camera. Finally, exhausted, he sits by his shelter on Carrie’s ranch, approaches the camera and shuts off the production. Cut to black.
This 21 minute film was produced by one person, The Biking Viking, on a budget of under $400.
Gene Bernofsky, 2006. World Wide Film Expedition.