Kickstarter campaign to finish film on beloved Airstream

Attention lovers of Airstream travel trailers!

Filmmaker Eric Bricker has been passionately and painstakingly working on a feature film about the most iconic travel trailer in history and he needs your help.

Up till now, Bricker has financed the film, Alumination himself, but now he has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $55,000 to bring it home. A trailer of the film appears above.

So far, the campaign has 80 backers who have pledged a little more than $30,000. The deadline for pledging is 12:59am, December 17.

Airstream was begun by Wally Byam, a lawyer who started building travel trailers in the late 1920s in Los Angeles. But the streamlined design derives from Hawley Bowlus, who had overseen the building of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and went onto travel trailers. Byam acquired Bowlus’ struggling company and introduced the Airstream Clipper in 1936. From there, Airstream went on to symbolize American hope and optimism as represented in air and later space travel.

“For the last two-and-a-half years, producer Lisa Hughes and I have journeyed across the country and documented the captivating world of Airstream travel trailers,” Bricker says on his Kickstarter page. “Along the road we traveled thousands of miles, made new friends, and amassed over 150 hours of footage.”

Now comes time to edit those 150 hours of footage, which, as Bricker points out is the “challenging post-production phase.” He hopes to release the film next summer.

“While Alumination is an undertaking of epic proportion,” says Bricker, “so, too, is our commitment to bringing it to you, its supporters. We are equally committed to producing a work worthy of the Wally Byam-Airstream legacy.”

Rewards for donations, which range from $5 to $2,500, include copies of the finished film, vintage photos and tickets to the premiere, location to be determined.

These days, Airstream is produced by Thor Industries in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Florida Keys by Ardean R. Miller, a type C photo print being offered as a reward for donations to the Kickstarter campaign. © Thor Tech, Inc.