Award-winning female director Emi Katayama brings us up close and personal into the world and sport of Hot Air Ballooning in her breathtaking new documentary, “WIND RIDERS.” This exciting feature length documentary is now available on DVD, and all major digital Video on Demand and cable outlets in the US and Canada.
“WIND RIDERS” tells the poignant and inspiring stories of three American balloonists who dedicate their lives to their sport. Covering the length of several years, the film follows gas balloon team “Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis, along with masterful solo hot-air balloon pilot Bill Hughes – who all defy convention as they compete in treacherous weather and conditions, testing the limits of their physical and mental endurance in this fascinating sport. These three amazing and adventurous individuals are labeled in a class of the most renowned balloon pilots in the world.
Inspired by the iconic international best selling book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,“ written by Richard Bach in the late 1960’s, Emi Katayama states that she created this great film to bring awareness to this beautiful sport which has been very under-documented and in decline since the end of the 1980’s. “Wind Riders” adds insight and education to the beautiful perspectives of ballooning, all while revealing the personal stories of the pilots that are poignant and inspirational themselves.
Porter Pictures was founded in September of 2012 by veteran film sales agent Jeff Porter, who teamed with Gravitas Ventures to release this great title to the US and Canada. CEO Jeff Porter was especially pleased to sell this ethereal and inspiring documentary, with its stunning and imaginative photography and sharply drawn real-life characters. He feels positive that both “Wind Riders” and Ms. Katayama’s career are poised to soar to the skies.