Lone Rider

  • Luca Cipolla
  • Luca Cipolla
  • Frank Parker
  • Nick Wahba
    Key Cast
  • C J Kennedy
    Key Cast
  • Jahan Lam
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 13, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Luca Cipolla

Luca Cipolla is a film student at Ithaca College. He started working in media in 2009 while studying at a community college outside of Philadelphia. Luca's film work started in documentary with Seven Questions (2010), a piece about teen relationships. In college, focus changed to fiction with The Spectre (2013), about political unrest in America; and now Lone Rider (2015) about facing the possibility of death as a biker. His latest film, Lone Rider, was inspired by Luca's real-life experience having survived a severe motorcycle crash in 2014.

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Director Statement

Motorcycle Film Festival 2016

It was August of 2014, riding home on an old Yamaha two-stroke scooter when a car in oncoming traffic pulled out from behind a van. Bam. Broken femur, broken wrist, dislocated hand, two collapsed lungs, nine days in the surgical trauma ward, a month in a hospital bed at home, about a year of recovery after that. I spent many an afternoon before and after the accident at my local motorcycle repair shop chatting about bikes, both as machines and as a culture. Everyone knows someone who's gone, young or old. Yet, they still ride. Why? If you ride, you know.
As to the format of the film, I was inspired by the opening sequence from the film Le Mans (1971). It's a sequence which is solemn and simple, but tells to vividly of the crash in which the protagonist survived while another racing driver didn't.

Lone Rider was completed with less than $1000 budget and due to extraneous circumstances, had to be shot in a single day.