If you’re an avid Monkeybicycle reader, you’ll remember James Kaelan’s terrific fictional profile of Carl Roberts, the San Francisco restauranteur, in issue seven. Or, you might have read his novella, We’re Getting On, which Poets & Writers called, “a devastating debut book.” Or, you might’ve even seen him as that magazine’s cover story when he was on what he called the Zero Emissions Book Tour, where he rode his bicycle up the west coast from Los Angeles to Seattle (a trip it took me four days to make in a car), stopping along the way to read from We’re Getting On at local bookstores.
This trip, like everything these days, was documented. And now it’s the subject of a full-length film. I haven’t seen it yet, but from the looks of the trailer below, it’s pretty damn amazing. And if you’re in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, you can see it in its entirety as part of the United Film Festival. It premieres at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas at 2:30, and is preceded by a reading and book-signing at Skylight Books. If you’re around, you’ll want to get yourself to this. And just for fun, why not ride your bike to the theater.