Introducing the movie about motorcyclists who ride with their dogs


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If you’re anything like we are here at HellaWella, you LOVE dogs. All dogs. Doesn’t matter what kind. Doesn’t matter what they’re doing.

So if, in fact, you’re just like that, you'll love that there's a new documentary that — wait for it — chronicles motorcycle riders who travel with their pups, wearing specially designed dog goggles (amazingly called "doggles"), in sidecars.

"Seeing a dog in a sidecar brings a smile to everyone's face," says Geneva Liimatta, one of the filmmakers. "Our film explores the relationship between sidecar dogs and their motorcycle-riding humans. The dogs and humans we've met while shooting this project are amazing characters. You'll love them all."

“Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs” is the latest project by indie filmmakers Eric Ristau and Liimatta. The husband-and-wife team from Missoula, Mont., is traveling around the country to produce the film. So far, they have been in Washington, California and Montana.

"We've found other amazing sidecar dogs in other parts of the country," Ristau says. "We really want to include them in the movie."

Ristau and Liimatta have a budget of $28,000 for travel, a soundtrack, sound mix, color correction, DVD manufacturing, distribution and promotion. In order to help with the costs, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign, which has raised about $10,000 so far.

The campaign has three objectives:

  1. Help fund production of the film;

  2. Solicit additional subjects for the film; and

  3. Promote animal welfare organizations.


"Many of the dogs featured in this film were adopted from the Humane Society and other incredible organizations," Ristau says. "This is an important message we're trying to send. We want people to adopt dogs and other animals, and also to support agencies that find homes for these pets."

Depending on their donation level, contributors will receive gifts that include behind-the-scenes photos, bumper stickers, on-line previews of the movie, DVDs, T-shirts and viewing parties.

"It's a great story," Ristau says. "The film shows how dogs and their owners came to ride together, the adventures they have and how they connect with the greater community when they're out on the road."

Visit Sidecardogs.com for more information.