Placerville Native brings New Film to Stadium 8 Movie Theater
Placerville native Todd Huffman will bring his latest film, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on July 23.
After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally.
John Penton is motorcycle pioneer whose life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and global notoriety.
From a humble motorcycle shop, he had an international off-road racing career. At the start of his career he soon realized that a smaller machine would be better suited to the off-road track. With his Penton motorcycles made by KTM, he introduced riding to a new generation and, along with his family and loyal followers, changed the motorcycle industry forever.
The full-length documentary is narrated by Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett.
“We’re excited that Placerville and El Dorado County can share in this special night to enjoy John and his family’s wonderful story,” said Huffman, the film’s director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media. “It will be fun to bring the film home to where my interest in motorcycles and dirt bikes began.”
Huffman grew up in El Dorado County, attending Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, and enjoyed riding dirt bikes and racing BMX bikes. He graduated in 1981. He moved to Southern California to professionally race BMX bikes and attend college. He currently lives resides in Fullerton in Orange County.
The two-hour and-15-minute film also features former Placerville resident and Motorcycle Hall of Fame rider Carl Cranke, who worked and raced for Penton in the 1970s.
The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the Placerville Stadium 8, 337 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
Tickets for the screening are $10.75 and are being sold only online at www.gathr.us/screening/8316.
It’s been nearly four years in the making, but the documentary film about motorcycle-pioneer John Penton (“Penton: The John Penton Story”) makes its big-screen premiere on June 20. The film, directed and produced by Pipeline Digital Media’s Todd Huffman, is a two hour and 13 minute tribute to Penton, the AMA Hall of Famer who appeared on the cover of Cycle World way back in our December, 1962, issue, where we showed him riding a single-cylinder BMW to a Silver Medal in the 37th International Six Day Trials.
Huffman says he was inspired to make the film after reading the Ed Youngblood book, “John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution.”
“It’s such an great story,” recalls Huffman. “The early story, before there was a Penton motorcycle, is what was really interesting to me.” To help him tell the story of Penton, who went on to sell 25,000 Penton motorcycles in the US and helped create Hi-Point boots, Huffman conducted more than 100 interviews with folks such as Malcolm Smith, Dick Mann, Carl Cranke, Marty Smith, Danny LaPorte, Bruce McDougal, Ryan Dungey, and Penton’s family. Huffman also turned to musician Lyle Lovett—who worked at a Penton dealer in Texas as a kid—to narrate the film, which was funded in part by Kickstarter money and will be released by Gathr Films.
“Our goal is to get people to host screenings,” says Huffman, who adds that his team is using “crowd sourcing” and social media to get “Penton: The John Penton Story” booked in neighborhood theaters such as AMC and Regal.
We can’t wait to see this movie. View the trailer here:
“PENTON: The John Penton Story” Official Trailer