No Man's Land
Directed by Sara Kinney
Documentary | 12 minutes | USA | 2023 | English | WORLD PREMIERE
In 1916, the Van Buren sisters blazed a trail across America. Augusta Van Buren and her sister, Adeline, rode 8,850 kilometers in 60 days across the continental United States, each on their own motorcycle. In doing so they became the second and third women to drive motorcycles across the entire continent.
Now, one hundred years later, their great grand-daughter and 100 other women followed their path. This is a documentary about two pioneering female motorcyclists, suffragettes, and adventurers.
I primarily work as a cinematographer, but I came across this story and thought "someone should make this into a documentary", so I did! This film was made with an almost nonexistent budget and a lot of love. I am grateful to the Van Burens for letting me come on their ride and tell their story.
Sara Kinney is a director and cinematographer known for an emotionally resonant, poetic naturalism. Attracted to stories about marginalized cultures and visionary outsiders, she's shot for National Geographic, HBO, Vice News, Showtime, Channel4, and Disney on issues such as political conflict, women’s rights, wildlife conservation, gender identity, and the intersection of art and technology.
Sara's work has screened at Sundance, TriBeCa, SXSW, and festivals all over the world. Season two of The World According to Jeff Goldblum, which she shot for National Geographic, was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently, she was the cinematographer on the feature-length documentary The Stroll which premiered at Sundance 2023 and won the special jury prize for ‘Clarity of Vision.’
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