About the Film
Released in 2017, Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self-discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.
The Director or Producer
Nicholas Schrunk is an Emmy award-winning feature film & commercial director. His feature documentary Blood Road won the Emmy award for Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction, in addition to receiving nominations in cinematography and sound mixing.
Schrunk focuses on action and adventure storytelling, including extensive directing work with Formula 1. His methods have been featured in American Cinematographer and combine scientific, reason-driven processes with traditional visual design principles, resulting in work that is known for both its emotional power and uncompromising technicality.