Parts & Labor, the pilot episode

This short film is the pilot for a series about a father and son (Michael Bowen and Ryan Dorsey) on Harleys crossing the country solving other people's problems without fully resolving their bitter taste for each other. Think a contemporary Route 66 (if anyone remembers that), or maybe a new take on Easy Rider (still too old, huh?). A road series about America, the real America, a place where the rich get richer and the regular people are left to take care of each other, or turn on each other. Greg and Tim, though imperfect humans, are particularly good at helping others search a more perfect union.

Executive Producers of Parts & Labor, the series, are Barry Opper, David W. Chase, Ben Galland and Corey Fischer.

  • Barry Opper
    Executive Producers
    SlingShot - an award winning feature length documentary distributed by Netflix in 17 languages (2017), The Marshal - ABC primetime series (1996)), Jeepers Creeper - feature film MGM (2000), , Critters and 3 sequels - for New Line Cinema - (1982-1995),
  • David W. Chase
    Executive Producers
    Crossing Shadows (2015), Made in America (2014), After Always (2010)
  • Ben Galland
    Executive Producers
    Miles from Home -short (2019), Gripped: Climbing Killer Pillar - feature (2019), Parts & Labor - series pilot (2018), Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation - documentary (2012)
  • Corey Fischer
    Executive Producers
    Parts & Labor (2018), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), MASH (1970), The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • Barry Opper
    See above
  • Ben Galland
    See above
  • Corey Fischer, Ben Galland
    See above
  • Michael Bowen
    Key Cast
    Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The Last House on the Left (2009), Jackie Brown (1997), Walking Tall (2004)
  • Ryan Dorsey
    Key Cast
    Ray Donovan (2017), Justified (2015), Bosch (2019), Pitch (2016)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Ben Galland

BEN GALLAND, Director/Co-Producer/Co-Writer, is an award-winning director and documentarian. In 2002, he founded Oceanic Productions. That same year, he co-produced and edited, "Vertical Frontier: The History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite," which won the 2002 BANFF Mountain Film Festival for “Best Climbing Film.” "Skating through the Ashes," which he wrote, produced and directed, won “Best Story” at X-Dance 2012. He recently completed writing, directing and producing his first feature film, "Gripped, Killer Pillar," to be released in 2022.

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Director Statement

We made Parts & Labor with the intention of using it as proof of concept for a memorable television series. With my partners David Chase, Corey Fischer and Barry Opper, we look forward to pitching a series based on the pilot episode. We invite you to look at the short and be touched as we were by the story, the characters and the beauty of the cinematography by Carmen Cabana. Ask us about the series.