Gasoline Rainbow

West Coast Premiere, with directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross in person, in conversation with Sandi Tan

Friday, April 5
2220 Arts + Archives

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

USA, 2023, 110 minutes, DCP

With high school in the rearview, five teenagers from small-town Oregon decide to embark on one last adventure. Piling into a van with a busted tail light, their mission is to make it to a place they’ve never been — the Pacific coast, five hundred miles away. Their plan, in full: “Fuck it.”

A feat of cross-country filmmaking inspired by Easy Rider, this absorbing and ambitious road movie by the Ross Brothers resists categorization, featuring endearingly raw, semi-improvised performances by a teenage cast of non-actors. The filmmakers — who provided their subjects with a map to the Pacific Ocean, but allowed them to navigate the landscape on their own — have crafted an exceedingly open, freewheeling blend of documentary and fiction, serving as a vibrant paean to the freedom (and terror) of youth on the cusp of adulthood.

A MUBI release

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival

Starring: Tony Aburto, Micah Bunch, Nichole Dukes, Nathaly Garcia, Makai Garza

Producers: Michael Gottwald, Carlos Zozaya