Curt Wallin and John Greene weren’t necessarily car guys before meeting up with racing legend Ab Jenkins, but after spending years looking through racing footage and learning all there is to know about Jenkins’ 12-cylinder, 4,800-pound “Mormon Meteor,” they are in that category now.
Wallin directed and Greene co-produced Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt, a documentary about Jenkins daredevil racing on Utah’s Salt Flats. The film premiered here in Sarasota on Wednesday evening and has a second screening today at 4:45pm.
“It was a great to do a story that not many people know, as opposed to telling the story of the civil war again,”says Wallin, who loves doing historical documentaries.
Greene said he had a particular interest in the story because it took place in Utah, where he lives. The filmmakers scoured through old reels of 16mm film from the 1930s, ’40s and 50s to patch together the documentary.
The film is getting positive reception from festivals where it has been submitted so far. It actually was accepted into the Tallahassee festival, but at the urging of co-producer and veteran filmmaker Geralyn White Dreyfous, they decided to premiere the film in Sarasota.