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Head Up, Throttle On

Two senior citizens undertake a perilous motorcycle trip to the Canadian Arctic wilderness.

  • Joseph A. Wells
  • Joseph A. Wells
  • Doug Wells
  • Doug Wells
    Key Cast
  • Dave Wells
    Key Cast
  • Nicole L. Wells
    Assistant Producer
  • Chris Waterman
    Assistant Producer
  • Carl Johnson
    Assistant Producer
  • Greg Morrison
    Assistant Producer
  • Shane Sevo
    Assistant Producer
  • Joseph A. Wells
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Travel
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K and 2k
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Salute Your Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 26, 2017
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Royal Starr Film Festival
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    United States
    October 14, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Fresh Coast Film Festival
    Marquette, Michigan
    United States
    October 21, 2017
    Official Selection
  • East Lansing Film Festival
    Lansing, Michigan
    United States
    November 11, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Canada Shorts Fest
    St. John, New Brunswick
    Award of Commendation
Director Biography - Joseph A. Wells

I'm a Detroit area creative.

I have extensive experience as a video editor, producer and web designer. I have worked on films, corporate videos, websites, and interactive exhibits for clients big and small.

I work at Sandhills Development as a Content Marketing Producer. I work on video content, email marketing, digital marketing and copywriting.

'Head Up, Throttle On' is the second short film I have directed and entered into film festivals.

I have also edited many short films for fellow indie filmmakers, several of which have won awards at the 48 Hour Film Project and Four Points Film Project.

My Freelance Collaborative / Production Company Website - vapor.pics

My Personal Website - thisisjoewells.com

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Director Statement

This is a story about two senior citizens who are still brave enough to do something that most of us would be afraid to do.

Have you driven to the middle of nowhere? 250+ miles from a gas station? That’s scary. With only a motorcycle and a tent in bear-infested wilderness!? That’s pretty daring. Join in on the adventure.

For me, the best thing about this movie as that I made it with my father.

My dad is a photographer, he used to run his own side business. In the 90’s, he chipped in half of the money on my first Nikon 6006 SLR camera. He instilled in my brothers and I a love of photography and nature. Any creativity or talent I have, I owe to him.

For this project, I gave him a crash course in video, just like he gave me a crash course in still photography as a teenager. I wish I could have gone with him. He came back with some beautiful footage and my cameras came back in one piece!