Los Angeles, CA - September 21, 2015
- Birmingham, Michigan native Edd Benda is bringing his debut independent feature film Superior to nine cities in his home state as part of the “Official SUPERIOR Roadshow”. The movie from Beyond the Porch Productions was filmed entirely in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and premiered on June 5th, 2015 at the world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California as part of the Dances With Films festival.
The Roadshow will be making stops in Sault Ste. Marie (10/6), Escanaba (10/8), Negaunee (10/13), Marquette (10/14), Houghton (10/15), Grand Rapids (10/29), Holland (11/3), East Lansing (11/6 or 11/7), and Bloomfield (11/9). Superior will also be playing four times as part of the 2015 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana from 10/16-10/25. Director, writer, and producer Edd Benda will be in attendance at every screening, where he will be hosting an open Q&A after each showing.
Inspired by a true story, Superior takes place in the summer of 1969, where Derek Suntila is weeks away from the Vietnam War and Charlie Eskola is weeks away from his first days at Michigan Tech University. Before the two best friends go their separate ways, they leave their small hometown in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on one final adventure: a two-week, 1,300 mile bike ride around the massive and unforgiving Lake Superior.
Superior has enjoyed lively and enthusiastic audiences in its limited public showings, and the Roadshow will give Michigan audiences an opportunity to be among the first to see the film that Danny Miller from Cinephiled says, "You should run, not walk, to see Edd Benda’s poignant film Superior. I’d put this film up against any independent film I’ve seen by much better-known filmmakers."
Benda describes the tour as, “a way to bring our film to the people who may not otherwise have an opportunity to see their beautiful state on the big screen. While we hope to be bringing the film nationwide in the near future, Superior belongs first and foremost to the place that inspired me to make the movie.” For specific details regarding each screening, individuals are encouraged to follow Superior on Facebook & Twitter.
About Beyond the Porch Productions
Beyond the Porch Productions was founded in 2012 by Michigan-native Edd Benda and Washington-native Alex Bell while students at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Edd and Alex found incredible harmony as a Director & Director of Photography combo, and they have found success working in tandem on a wide-array of projects. Their films range from silly commercial promos all the way to their largest undertaking, their debut feature film SUPERIOR. The inseparable pair are in development on several new projects, and are incredibly excited to make their initial stamp on the feature world with SUPERIOR.
SUPERIOR was filmed on location in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the summer of 2014. The production team behind the film consists of eleven young filmmakers that traveled more than 7,000 miles round-trip in a truck and three sedans from Los Angeles to the most remote regions of the Keweenaw Peninsula to tell a story true to its origins. Inspired by the real journey taken by Karl Benda and Dan “Dudza” Junttila more than 40 years ago, SUPERIOR is a snapshot of America in 1969 when futures were uncertain, and yet the most outlandish adventures remained possible.