By Kathryn Vance.
Bloomington, Ind. – On Friday, April 17, student media and PRSSA’S One Day In April committee members attended a pre-screening of the film that chronicles the other side of world’s greatest college weekend.
While many IU students think of parties and late nights when they think of Little 500, the true reason for the season is the bike race around Armstrong Stadium. One IU alumnus believes that it is important for students to understand all the training and hard work that the riders go through leading up to the actual race. So he made a movie about it.
Tom Miller is an IU graduate who studied telecommunications during his time as an undergraduate. While here at IU, he was granted the opportunity to photograph the Little 500 races several times and he knew that he wanted to continue being a part of the festivities after he graduated.
“Really, the inspiration for the film was that lingering memory of how cool it was the first time shooting it,” Miller said. “I wanted to recreate that.”
The film follows four teams with their training beginning in the cold, snowy winter season. The 2013 cyclists from Delta Gamma, Teter, Delta Tau Delta, and Cutters star in the film as the film crew follows them from their first workout to the final lap of the race.
Throughout the film, the riders and coaches continually say that even though they all want to win more than anything, it is also important to them that they begin to understand themselves as a person. It shows the delicate balance of what Delta Tau Delta coach Courtney Bishop describes as “you want to do your best” and “no one remembers second place.”
As an IU student who has been to the Little 500 races twice, I can tell you that it is an amazing experience to be a part of something where an entire community comes together to celebrate. However, what most of us in the stands don’t realize is just what goes into making that day so intense. This film follows the teams as they go through a collection of emotions in leading up to the race. I had cold chills the entire time watching the film and I came out of it with an entirely new level of respect for the riders. For any IU student, any Hoosier, or anyone looking for a film that shows the passion and intensity of a sport, this is something you don’t want to miss.
Throughout the semester, IU PRSSA has been working closely with Miller to get the word out about One Day In April to the Bloomington community. From flyering in local businesses to local media outreach, the experience of helping out a fellow Hoosier while developing my own personal skills has been indescribable.
One Day In April will premiere to students and the Bloomington community on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets are available online and at the Buskirk-Chumley box office. All proceeds from the premiere will go toward a scholarship fund to help more students produce similar projects in the future.
For more information, visit http://www.onedayinapril.com/.