Ditch the Van
Cellist, singer-songwriter and political activist Ben Sollee spent a lot of time on whirlwind tours, flying over and driving through America’s towns and cities. He was becoming burnt out, and his health was suffering. So he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it and set off on a five-year, 5,000-mile journey. His Ditch the Van Tour brings hardships, like broken wheels, tornadoes, and unfriendly motorists, and takes twice as long for half the money as a traditional tour. But it also offers meaningful experiences and a more human pace of life in a frantic world.
We teamed up with musician Ben Sollee, Producer Mallory Cunningham and Keep it Simp Films to Co-direct and edit this amazing short documentary chronicling Sollee's journey to ditch the van while on tour. Recipient of the festival theme award "The New Normal" at Telluride Mountainfilm.