Dixie State University
is proud to offer a screening of the
Boys of Bonneville:
Racing on a Ribbon of Salt.
Las Vegas, NV
February 21st at 7 PM.
This documentary tells the thrilling story of an unsung hero and self-made man, David Abbott Jenkins, who, with almost superhuman stamina and boyish charm, set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed record. The fruits of his vision became known as “The Mormon Meteor”, the fastest car on earth.
The film is narrated by Patrick Dempsey.
Boys of Bonneville is that rare animal: an exhilarating film about an unknown American hero, which leaves its audience cheering to the rafters and grabbing for their cell phones demanding to know “Who is this guy, and where can I see this car?” Grab all your motorhead friends and enthusiasts and head over to The Eclipse Theaters on February 21.
“The Mormon Meteor” races on a ribbon of salt. But it is more than a story of a car. It is a story of an America that has all but disappeared, when lucrative business deals were cemented by a handshake and state of the art automobiles were designed on the backs of envelopes.
Seventy years later, many of “Ab’s” records remain unbroken and the legacy lives on in his custom car. Looking like something Batman would have owned, the story comes full circle when Ab’s son Marv, restores the 12-cylinder, 4800-pound “Mormon Meteor” to its glory days for a ceremonial lap on the salt.
Hosted by Director Curt Wallin
- Tickets at the luxurious Eclipse Theaters are $16. Tickets may be purchasedonline
Using vintage newsreel footage from the 1930s – 1950s, photos, letters, and diaries of Ab and Marv during their twenty-year run on the Salt Flats, Utah-based filmmakers are bringing these heroes back to life for a modern day audience. In addition to the pristine archival materials, the film will feature scenics and interviews shot entirely on high-definition cameras, including those with Jay Leno, Andy Green (current holder of the land speed record), Marv Jenkins, Ab’s grandchildren, and a rich assortment of racing heroes and historians.
In addition, this one-of-a-kind racing phenomenon is in better shape than when Ab took it out on the Salt Flats seventy years ago and the filmmakers hope to take the Meteor to select Film Festivals to allow a new generation of filmmakers and racing enthusiasts to touch and feel the real deal.
“We are proud to partner with the Ecllipse Theaters to provide remarkable documentary films to a wider audience,” said Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film and Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival at Dixie State University. ”
What could be more fun than seeing a heartracing film about the history of a remarkable car and the dreamers who created it near the tracks where it broke records.
About DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking. The 2018 Festival runs from September 3- 8 and includes DOCtalk sessions and gala events The Festival takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University and offers a week of entertaining films from all over the world, as well as year-round programs including monthly DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC film screenings, all of which provide creative, cultural, and educational engagement. DOCUTAH also offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival.
About Eclipse Theaters
Eclipse is here to surpass all expectations by providing a luxurious dinner-and-a-movie experience. Eclipse aims to deliver excellent guest service, resulting in a perfect night of entertainment. Eclipse Theaters is an upscale, concierge-style venue, showing first run movies in any of eight auditoriums, often adding independent films and live music in the lounge to round out the night for couples and groups looking for an all in one entertainment experience. Guests can experience in-theater food and beverage service throughout the film. The VIP Prime seats are equipped with a convenient call button to request your server anytime. Items, from the same great menu, can also be ordered at the bar, in the dedicated lounge area, or on the outdoor patio.