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The Film

When On Any Sunday premiered in 1971, it wasn’t just any movie. Directed by Bruce Brown – who also helmed surfing classic The Endless Summer – this insider look at motorcycle racing reached a wide audience that was fascinated by the heartfelt stories of real-life riders, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Four decades later, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever.

Bruce’s son, acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown, directs this modern take on the original, capturing what it means to ride in the United States and globally. Shot in 4K Ultra HD, the action and emotion are breathtaking: phenomenal athletes, revolutionary innovators, Hollywood stars and even visionaries who use moto to save lives. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter journeys deeper into the humanity and excitement of motorcycle culture across disciplines – the passion for the race, the love of family and friends, and the thrill of the ride.

THE FILMMAKERS

In 1971, director Bruce Brown’s "On Any Sunday" changed the way the world viewed motorcycle racing. Much as his 1966 documentary "The Endless Summer" provided a fascinating window into surf culture, "On Any Sunday" offered a personal, behind-the-scenes look at the men and machines of moto that thrilled audiences of all kinds. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature and pioneered new possibilities for adventure filmmaking.

No one understands those possibilities better than Bruce’s son, Dana Brown, who used advancements in film technology and his own unique vision to create iconic features like surfing documentary "Step into Liquid" and off-road racing classic "Dust to Glory"

Now, as director of "On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter", Dana takes the Brown family talent for storytelling to the next level by teaming up with two industry leaders: Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment.

Red Bull Media House produces and distributes high-quality programming that fuels inspiration worldwide, including standout commercial film releases like "Mount St. Elias", "The Art of Flight" and "McConkey". Born from the lifestyle of adventure sports and high-end action filmmaking, Freeride Entertainment’s award-winning portfolio includes previous hit productions for Red Bull Media House such as "Where the Trail Ends". Bringing his original passion to this new production, Bruce Brown is also on board as executive producer.

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The Film

"On Any Sunday", featuring Steve McQueen with music by the famed Dominic Fronteire, this is without a doubt the quintessential motorcycle film, now digitally re-mastered and loaded with never-before-seen extras. Academy Award® nominated Bruce Brown highlighted this intoxicating race world filled with rugged road riders and the grueling excitement of muddy and murderous motocross, daring dune riding, slicing the ice and the tortuous mayhem of the Baja 1000. The grandfather of motorcycle sport filmmaking

Wes with partner T.J. Barrack - all of whom had a hand in the Bonus Features for this incredible new DVD set. Wherever a reason, whatever the season, Bruce and his friends for decades, with familiar names like Malcolm and Mert, along with the new breed of riders, taking the sport to the extreme, can conjure up stories and tales of how they "almost made it, jumped it, ate it, killed it or trashed it" On Any Sunday.

THE FILMMAKERS

Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single- handedly changed that with "The Endless Summer". It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood’s buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today.

Released in 1964, "The Endless Summer" was Brown’s sixth but most successful surf film, playing to sold-out theaters in the United States and Hawaii. Audiences were so encouraging that Brown became convinced that this was a movie that even non-surfers could enjoy.

The tale of Brown’s campaign to take "The Endless Summer" to the American heartland is testament to the filmmaker’s creativity and persistence. In 1966, the film opened in theaters across the country, and Bruce Brown became surfing’s greatest success story. 

After "The Endless Summer", Brown built new offices in Dana Point, California, and went to work on a film about his other passion — dirt bikes. The resulting documentary, co-produced by his friend, the actor Steve McQueen, earned "On Any Sunday" (1970) an Academy Award nomination.

ABOUT BRUCE BROWN

Never much drawn to cities or even crowded theaters, Brown moved his family (wife Pat and kids Dana, Wade and Nancy) to a remote ranch north of Santa Barbara around 1980. There Brown surfed, rode his motorcycles, built a house, got into car restoration, raced sprint cars around his track and, more recently, got into rally cars. “We try to stay upright as much as possible,” he says. Photos: Courtesy of Bruce Brown Films, LLC © 1971, 2014
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