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Back in 2000, Rogers, a native of Mobile, Alabama and Vanderbilt University graduate, moved to Los Angeles to fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a screenwriter. Like many folks in LA trying to break into the business, she took on all sorts of jobs, catering at receptions, became a nanny, even read for the blind. She finally settled with a local non-profit organization called TreePeople – a tree planting and environmental education group.
Like many creative writers and filmmakers, it was her life experience living in the second largest city in the US and a deep passion for the environment that drove her to write, document and film a story about what it is like to live in a city built around the automobile – car-less, personally generating no pollution.
She sold her car to partially fund the film. And for 80 days with a photographer in tow, she documented her life without a car in Los Angeles. She knew immediately the daunting task in front of her was not going to be easy when it took her 3 hours to get home riding public transportation. Her workplace was a mere 15 miles away. That’s when she discovered riding a bike, along with public transportation as the answer.
Along with her personal journey, Rogers explores how LA ended up with the car as the dominant choice for transportation. She describes how riding her bike transformed her health, friendships, and what we are “missing” sitting in our cars.
Today, Rogers is a single mom, with a two year old toddler living in Birmingham, Alabama, a city she describes to be in many ways more difficult to “get around” without a car than in LA. The filming of her documentary film CarLess in LA is complete. All that is left is the editing of more than 80 hours of film. She is in the midst of raising the funds through an online fundraising website for creative projects called Kickstarter.
CarLess in LA is a story that needs to be told. Here is the link to the Kickstarter website and a special “preview” from CarLess in LA.
by Pat Byington, Editor at The Green Register