California Golde

The warm fuzz of a technicolour California summer, captured from the saddle of touring bicycles, amidst the bittersweet backdrop of the smoky Sequoia National Forest fire season.

California Golde is a conceptually spun psychedelic yarn of analogue exploration and recreation in the digital age that ultimately disconnects from our hyped-up, phone-obsessed culture.

  • Sandy Carson
    Director
  • Ronnie Romance Jr.
    Director
  • Sandy Carson
    Producer
  • Ronnie Romance Jr.
    Producer
  • Sandy Carson
    Cinematographer
  • Karen Skloss
    Editor
    Support The Girls, Be Here To Love Me, The Honor Farm, Taken By Storm, Sunshine
  • Eric Friend
    Sound Design
    Beavis & Butthead, King Of The Hill, SLASH, Pahokee
  • John Wesley Coleman III
    Music
    The Golden Boys
  • Sandy Carson
    Key Cast
  • Ronnie Romance Jr.
    Key Cast
    “Ronnie”
  • Tenzim Namdol
    Key Cast
  • Kyle Emery-Peck
    Key Cast
    “Cubby”
  • Moi Medina
    Key Cast
  • Sofia Torres
    Key Cast
  • Erick Cedeno
    Key Cast
    “Uncle Rico”
  • David M. Lane
    Key Cast
  • Ronnie Romance Jr.
    Narrator
  • LAND design
    Titles
  • Ronnie Romance Jr.
    Casting
  • Sandy Carson
    Colourist
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, travel, experimental, conservation, cycling, psychedelia, surrealism, comedy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • California Golde film/book launch
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    March 9, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Transit Cycles
    Tucson, Arizona
    United States
    March 23, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Golden Saddle Cyclery
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Peddler Bike Shop
    Cedar Park, Texas
    United States
    March 30, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Lucky Duck
    Oakland, California
    United States
    May 2, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Bike Kitchen
    SLO Bike Kitchen
    United States
    May 5, 2019
    Screening
  • Austin Film Project
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    May 16, 2019
    local short film screenings
  • Monster Children Gallery
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 18, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Golden Pliars
    Portland, OR
    United States
    May 24, 2019
    Screening
  • Bike For Good
    Glasgow, Scotland
    United Kingdom
    June 6, 2019
    Screening
Distributor Information
  • Sandy Carson
Director Biography - Sandy Carson, Ronnie Romance Jr.

Sandy Carson is a photographer, film maker and cyclist who was raised in Scotland, now based in Austin, Texas.

Ronald Romance is a cyclist, heavy metal drummer and yoghurt enthusiast raised in nutmeg country who lives and breathes bicycles.

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Director Statement

California Golde is inspired by the nostalgia and aesthetic of 70s surf movies with the modern-day popularity of off-road bike touring. Shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 film, our film chronicles a completely analogue off-the-grid tour, with no digital devices, apps, or GPS. A window to a time before we became cyborgs.