Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs

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Jul 28 2015
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio has announced that it will be screening the Florida premiere of “Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs”–a documentary about the colorful subculture of motorcyclists with sidecars, and the dogs who ride in those sidecars.

Co-directed by the husband and wife filmmaking team of Eric and Geneva Ristau, “Sit Stay Ride” examines 18 motorcyclists and dog-in-sidecar devotees, who, apart from that unusual shared passion wouldn’t seem to have much in common…though most of their canine pals are rescue dogs, and when riding, they protect their eyes with “doggles.”
Still, “Sit Stay Ride” is brimming with fascinating folks, including JD Whittaker, who turned his motorcycle’s trunk lid into a painted tribute to Lance Corporal Colton Rusk, an explosive detection dog handler who was so effective at his job that he was assassinated by the enemy.
Whittaker and his sidecar dog, Hercules, travel all over the country, telling Rusk’s story, and urging people to photograph the trunk lid and share those pictures and Rusk’s story on social media. Whittaker is, Ristau has observed, “Riding with his dog for a higher purpose.” Whittaker will be one of the sidecarists from the film who will be featured on the July 22 edition of  WMNF’s  “Talking Animals.”   
Similarly, while it initially may seem merely an entertaining tour of a quirky province, “Sit Stay Ride” blossoms into a surprisingly poignant film, propelled by themes of freedom, joy, friendship, love, rescue, companionship and redemption.  Viewers and reviewers have also been struck by its cinematic beauty–as documentaries go, it’s a particularly gorgeous film.  
Earlier this year, NBC Nightly News spotlighted “Sit Stay Ride” (, and director Eric Ristau was interviewed on  “Talking Animals” (
Though not yet finalized, plans are in the works to have some Florida sidecar enthusiasts—possibly with their dogs in tow—appear at the screening, either before the movie is shown, or in a post-screening discussion.  


Tickets are $10.



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