Duo comes to Mother Road for answers
Polish citizens Jakub and Sylwia Gorajek have three weeks to raise the funds needed to film a documentary on Route 66.
Pair from Poland seek funds for film
2/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Doug McMurdo
KINGMAN - Countless documentaries have been done on iconic Route 66, but few filmmakers have traveled as far to do so as Jakub and Sylwia Gorajek.
The roughly 6,000 miles the couple traveled from Poland to California is more than twice the length of the entire span of the so-called Mother Road.
The Gorajeks, along with filmmaker Jessie Urrutia, hope to raise $38,000 to fund the three-week project, which will take them from California to the end of Route 66 in Chicago.
The Gorajeks traveled Route 66 last summer on their way from Los Angeles to New York, said Sylwia Gorajek. Part of their trip involved the search for a knowledgeable tour guide who was an authority on the historic route.
"We couldn't find one who could answer all of our questions," said Gorajek, "and we realized a lot of people were asking the same questions we had. This documentary will answer those questions."
So what sets apart this look at Route 66 from all the others?
"It's not just a documentary," said Gorajek. "It's going to be a travel guide with a lot of video and high-tech graphics. The information will include driving times between places, the estimated cost of staying in different places and very modern animations."
She said they will interview the owners of historic landmarks along the route as well as everyday people.
This is not the couple's first foray into making a documentary about the American West. They filmed "The Winner," a look at the grueling Death Valley marathon, said Gorajek.
It seems America, particularly the West, is very popular in Poland.
"In Poland, we only hear about Route 66," she said. "America and Americans are very unique to the Polish people and Route 66 is very interesting to them. We admire it very much. All the history along the route, to America it is special, but imagine what Route 66 means to the Polish people. We have nothing like it."
And the route through the Grand Canyon State is special to the filmmakers.
"Arizona is a wonderful section of Route 66," she said. "Kingman, Williams, Flagstaff, Oatman, Winslow and Holbrook are amazing and very unique places with a lot of things to see.
"In Oatman it was very charming to meet all the donkeys. One of them even tried to bite my dress."
The Gorajeks will have to apply to renew their work visas in a couple of weeks, something that might be easier to do with funding in hand.
"We're running out of time," she said. "We need to make aware as many people as we can."
For more information, or to find out how to donate to the project, log on to http://kck.st/WIipjB.
To view the filmmakers' Death Valley marathon documentary, log on to www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVE2oDSAPo.