New Documentary Film About Freedom In America Looking For Driver Stories

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Craig S.'s Comment
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Our production company, Warrior Poets, is developing a new documentary film about liberties and freedoms in America for a popular cable TV network. We are interested in doing a segment about people who left a successful professional or business career (think white collar, corner office, cubicle worker, banker, lawyer, etc.) in order to follow the dream of a being a truck driver on the open road. We might like to cover someone currently making a career transition who is working to get their CDL and go on their first run. Or maybe a veteran driver that switched to a trucking career many years ago, now nearing retirement, who can reflect on changes in the industry over the years and what it will mean to haul that last load.

If you have an interesting story about the transformation of your life into the field of professional driving and might be willing to appear on camera, I'd love to hear about it. We would be interested in talking to solo long haul drivers, established teams with similar backgrounds, or husband / wife teams. Schedule-wise, we expect to go into production this fall.

If you have a success story you'd like to share about your move to freedom on the open road in America, please email me some details along with your contact info. I look forward to hearing your stories.

Thanks in advance,

Craig Spurlock - Email: craigscott.wp@gmail.com

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey guys - I just wanted to let you know that Craig asked me if he could post this. So this is legit.

What he forgot to mention is their credentials! Here's more about Craig and Warrior Poets:

Morgan [Spurlock], my brother, is best known for 'Super Size Me,' but he and our Warrior Poets team have put together some other eye-opening and well-received documentary films and television series over the last several years. The successful FX show 'Thirty Days' gave viewers the chance to step into and experience someone else's life that was completely unlike their own. More recently, 'Inside Man' on CNN has been offering new and unique insights on important social and economic issues facing the nation. Season 2 of 'Inside Man' premiered in April, and Season 3 is presently in production. Our most recent offerings are ‘Dark Horse Nation’ on History Channel and the Showtime series ‘7 Deadly Sins.’ I hope you are familiar with our company’s work.

In my opinion this documentary is a really cool idea. I mean, the entire reason this website exists is because the transition into trucking is a nightmare for so many people. If you take the wrong approach, if you don't have the right personality for it, or you have the wrong expectations it can go from bad to worse in a hurry.

Every year thousands of new drivers drop out of the industry for good within weeks or months. Many never even reach the point where they drive solo - not one single time. A lot of careers end in the first few months because the lifestyle, the separation from home & family, the isolation, stress, erratic schedules, and (quite honestly) the harsh treatment from the general public we get from time to time takes its toll in a big way. And nobody gives you the chance to learn it a little at a time or adjust to the lifestyle slowly. Nope! Into the fire you go right away...on the road, away from your family, and behind the wheel of a rig you barely know how to drive yet.

There's nothing easy about it.

Getting your trucking career underway is as challenging as anything most of us will ever attempt. It really is that hard, especially in the beginning. So following the stories of people who came from the corporate world, technology, a cubicle, a small business, or the military and to see what they go through is fascinating to me. Well....it better be I guess....that is what we do here

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I'd love to see someone from TruckingTruth get on this documentary. There's been thousands of interesting people that have come through here and there's a ton of you in here almost every day. Speak up! I know for a fact there are a lot of stories that people would love to hear about.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kody S.'s Comment
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Im not a truck driver, yet! But i will be attending trucking school this fall/winter and have a very interesting and life changing story, in my opinion. I would be very interested as a new comer to do this.

Email: schenker_kody@yahoo.com

Jimbo's Comment
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Hey guys - I just wanted to let you know that Craig asked me if he could post this. So this is legit.

What he forgot to mention is their credentials! Here's more about Craig and Warrior Poets:

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Morgan [Spurlock], my brother, is best known for 'Super Size Me,' but he and our Warrior Poets team have put together some other eye-opening and well-received documentary films and television series over the last several years. The successful FX show 'Thirty Days' gave viewers the chance to step into and experience someone else's life that was completely unlike their own. More recently, 'Inside Man' on CNN has been offering new and unique insights on important social and economic issues facing the nation. Season 2 of 'Inside Man' premiered in April, and Season 3 is presently in production. Our most recent offerings are ‘Dark Horse Nation’ on History Channel and the Showtime series ‘7 Deadly Sins.’ I hope you are familiar with our company’s work.

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In my opinion this documentary is a really cool idea. I mean, the entire reason this website exists is because the transition into trucking is a nightmare for so many people. If you take the wrong approach, if you don't have the right personality for it, or you have the wrong expectations it can go from bad to worse in a hurry.

Every year thousands of new drivers drop out of the industry for good within weeks or months. Many never even reach the point where they drive solo - not one single time. A lot of careers end in the first few months because the lifestyle, the separation from home & family, the isolation, stress, erratic schedules, and (quite honestly) the harsh treatment from the general public we get from time to time takes its toll in a big way. And nobody gives you the chance to learn it a little at a time or adjust to the lifestyle slowly. Nope! Into the fire you go right away...on the road, away from your family, and behind the wheel of a rig you barely know how to drive yet.

There's nothing easy about it.

Getting your trucking career underway is as challenging as anything most of us will ever attempt. It really is that hard, especially in the beginning. So following the stories of people who came from the corporate world, technology, a cubicle, a small business, or the military and to see what they go through is fascinating to me. Well....it better be I guess....that is what we do here

smile.gif

I'd love to see someone from TruckingTruth get on this documentary. There's been thousands of interesting people that have come through here and there's a ton of you in here almost every day. Speak up! I know for a fact there are a lot of stories that people would love to hear about.

Brett...you just managed to scare the poop out of me! wtf.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Colleen W.'s Comment
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I don't have a success story yet, but I've been mulling the idea of driving a truck for sometime. For the past 9 years I've owned a brick and mortar store which I had to close last April. Before that I was a paralegal. I'm a 57 year old woman in need of employment. Years ago I had a choice of either going for a CDL or paralegal certificate. I let people I admired influence me in choosing paralegal studies. Trucking was no place for a woman. After being rejected for retail management, paralegal positions and customer service jobs my husband suggested that I try trucking school. Now instead of feeling desparate and depressed, I actually am excited about starting a new career.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jimbo's Comment
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I don't have a success story yet, but I've been mulling the idea of driving a truck for sometime. For the past 9 years I've owned a brick and mortar store which I had to close last April. Before that I was a paralegal. I'm a 57 year old woman in need of employment. Years ago I had a choice of either going for a CDL or paralegal certificate. I let people I admired influence me in choosing paralegal studies. Trucking was no place for a woman. After being rejected for retail management, paralegal positions and customer service jobs my husband suggested that I try trucking school. Now instead of feeling desparate and depressed, I actually am excited about starting a new career.

Colleen...go for it. Somewhat similar story on my end and I'm really glad I finally made the decision. Best of luck to you, I'm sure you'll do great.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Nick G.'s Comment
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I love this idea.

I for one elect old school and Daniel B. I love hearing there stories and learning fform the knowledge they pass on.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I wish I had the time for it but the setup time it takes for cameras and mics and possible multiple redo of certain things would not be possible.

Eckoh's Comment
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I wish I had the time for it but the setup time it takes for cameras and mics and possible multiple redo of certain things would not be possible.

hmmm sounds like you do not video evidence of what you do when you team member is asleep and vice verca

j/k <3

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I wish I had the time for it but the setup time it takes for cameras and mics and possible multiple redo of certain things would not be possible.

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hmmm sounds like you do not video evidence of what you do when you team member is asleep and vice verca

j/k <3

I run a dash cam 24/7/365. Points out the front window and back at me. The new thing it shows is me talking on a blue tooth or listening to the radio. Maybe the occasional nose pick or crotch scratch.

Trucking is who I am and what I am to the core. My retirement party will be the morgue technician prying my cold dead hands off the steering wheel.... Happy thought huh? Lol.

While most things that happen out here falls under state laws there are a few that fall under federal in which I want no part of. Did you know you can get federal jail time for false logs? Yep its a federal document the second you sign it. Well video does not lie and if I have a video witness then I have covered all my bases.

Not to mention you would not believe how many Dot officers will not go any where near the inside of my truck once I tell, obligated by law, them that I am video and audio recording the area directly in front of my truck at a 180 degree angle and also the entire front part of the inside of the cab. Lol. It's my protection and my weapon.

Thing is I don't have to stop recording. Only have to inform others that I am doing so and if they choose to stand within audio and video range then they are agreeing to be on video.

So in closely I believe in being completely safe while on the road. If it's not safe then it has no place on my roadway.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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