Filmmaker seeks microfunding for Penton documentary

Publish Date: 
Jan 14, 2013

ELYRIA, Ohio – Can there ever be enough movies about the history, action and legacy of motorcycle racing? Independent film company Pipeline Digital Media doesn’t think so.

“The John Penton Story” will begin filming this spring with many interviews and footage to be shot in Lorain County, producer/director Todd Huffman told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

The film was inspired by “John Penton and the Off-Road Revolution,” a book by motorcycle writer Ed Youngblood, The film will detail how Penton’s passion for off-road motorcycles led to the creation of the Penton brand of bikes.

The film will be narrated by country crooner and four-time Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett, who got his first Penton at age13.

“I talked the owner of the Cycle Shack (a Penton dealer) in Houston, Texas, into letting me work there. I got my first job at 14, so I tell you I was just as happy as a clam,” Lovett told the newspaper. “I was in awe of John Penton as a person and as a motorcyclist from those days. He was just an innovator. Modern off-road motorcycling would not be what it is today without him.”

The documentary will be funded through Kickstarter, an Internet campaign that raises money through “crowd-funding.” The project allows donors to pledge money and receive benefits in exchange. Based on the amount pledged, donors can receive DVDs, signed posters, movie credits, premiere tickets and more. Top donors can be given personal tours of Penton landmark sites, with Jack Penton as their guide.

Huffman said the project will cost a minimum of $275,000.

To donate or find out more, see and type in “John Penton.”

Posted by Holly Wagner