Latest Carpenter documentary to air on public TV

Latest Carpenter documentary to air on public TV

Betsy Huelskamp is among the motorcycle enthusiasts featured in Michelle Bauer Carpenter’s ‘Driven to Ride.’ (Photo courtesy Allen Dewey)

Michelle Bauer Carpenter, an assistant professor of digital design in the College of Arts and Media at CU Denver, has created a documentary that celebrates the spirit and diversity of women motorcycle riders.

“Driven to Ride” will be screened at the East Lansing Film Festival – Lake Michigan Film Competition on Sunday. The documentary also will be broadcast on Colorado Public Television 12 at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

One of the riders featured in “Driven to Ride” spent more than four years in 50 countries on six continents, riding 101,322 miles. Another grew up driving tractors and snowmobiles, and on her 10th birthday, she received a 50CC dirt bike.

Carpenter has produced, directed and edited several award-winning experimental and documentary videos that have been screened in international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her most recent film, “Above the Ashes,” told the story of five men who tried to save homes from the destructive Fourmile Fire. The film won two Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards for “Best Topical Documentary” and “Best Program Editing.”

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