Shadow of a Wheel
Paul Bonesteel, Director/Producer
John Northrup, Producer
Robin Turner, Producer
About the Project
They were teenagers who had never been far from home. But in the summer of 1982, thirty-one kids attempted a remarkable feat, a daunting coast-to-coast, 3,600 mile bicycle journey across the United States. Called “Spokesmen of America”, they set out to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and spread awareness about the disease.
This 4 part episodic film celebrates the unstoppable optimism of youth, and reflects on how the hopes and adventures of adolescence resonate through the inevitable challenges of life.
Forty years after that life-altering summer, the film blends the iconic music and imagery of the period to deeply personal interviews that bend the prism of time to access the ‘kids’ who embarked on a journey filled with intense challenges, humor, mishaps, personal discovery and tragedy.