• Devolver Digital Films to Release
    A Survey of Open Space
    A Feature-Length Bicycle Adventure Documentary
    Directed By Peat Duggins
    • Digital VOD Release: August 5, 2014
    • Cable VOD Release: September 9, 2014


    A Portrait on Biking and a Meditation on Wilderness



    LOS ANGELES, CA – August 1, 2014 – Devolver Digital Films is proud to announce the digital VOD release of the bicycle adventure film, A Survey of Open Space. Directed by multimedia artist/filmmaker Peat Duggins, the new feature-length documentary follows a pair of urbanites who embark on a 4000-mile bicycle ride in search of the last wild place in America. Set in the wake of America’s great western expansion, the film is a portrait of bike touring and a meditation on wilderness. Duggins is an established artist working in several media, including film, and his art is in public and private collections. The digital VOD (Video on Demand) release is scheduled for August 5, 2014 through Devolver. The film will be available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, PlayStation, Xbox, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand, VHX, Google Play, and others. A cable VOD release date is set for September 9, 2014 (check local listings). For additional information, please visit www.asurveyofopenspace.com.

    A Survey of Open Space (Adventure Documentary, 2014, 113 min.) –
    Set in the wake of America’s great western expansion, A Survey of Open Space is both a portrait of bike touring and a meditation on wilderness. The film follows a pair of urbanites as they embark on a 4000-mile bicycle ride in search of the last wild place in America, which, to their dismay, they find. The epic journey begins on the Mexican border and spans the continent, touching three oceans before concluding in the Arctic. Along with breathtaking scenery, the camera also captures the riders’ changing attitudes towards and definitions of wilderness, highlighting the conflict between the ideal of the wild, and the actualities of disappearing wilderness at the beginning of the 21st century. The film asks the viewer to consider whether there still is a wild, and is it worth anything, in fact or concept?

    Shooting began in April 2009 and continued for fourteen weeks. The resulting film is a road movie whose trail spans the remnants of the western frontier, exploring both the landscape and culture along the way. It stars Zach Hall, Michaela Duggins, and Chris Comfort, and was awarded “Best One of a Kind Work” by the Austin Critics Table. A Survey of Open Space also screened at the Fusebox Festival in 2013.

    Credits –
    Director: Peat Duggins
    Producer: Peat Duggins
    Screenwriter: Peat Duggins
    Featuring: Zach Hall, Michaela Duggins & Chris Comfort

    Peat Duggins, Director, Producer & Writer –
    Peat Duggins is a multimedia artist living in Boston, Massachusetts. He works in a variety of modes, including sculpture, illustration, and filmmaking. In addition to working under his own name, Duggins also creates work with several collaborative groups, including the nine-member artist collective, Okay Mountain, and the smaller three-person director’s group, Okay Video. Duggins received a BFA in Film/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design before relocating to Austin, Texas. There he co-founded the non-profit gallery, the Fresh Up Club (2003), and co-founded the acclaimed commercial gallery, Okay Mountain (2006), which later became the artist collective exhibiting under the same name.

    His work is included in several public and private collections including the Blanton Museum of Art and the Austin Museum of Art. His accolades include fellowships from the Pritzker Foundation and Brown Foundation; numerous residencies including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Yaddo Artist Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program; and grants from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Fusebox Festival. Duggins’ work with Okay Mountain is included in a number of public collections, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The McNay Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. As part of Okay Video, Duggins co-directed and animated music videos for the Flaming Lips and Bill Callahan.


    Devolver Digital –
    Based in Austin, Texas, Devolver Digital distributes independent video games and guides indie filmmakers through digital distribution and film promotion. Devolver Digital’s outspoken passion for independent games, developers, and fans has earned the company no minor measure of game industry notoriety. With its expansion into film, which was announced at South by Southwest 2013, the company applies that same fiercely creative devotion and digital content expertise to support and celebrate indie filmmakers and projects. Co-Founder and Partner Mike Wilson says his own experience as a filmmaker seeking distribution led him and his partners to expand Devolver Digital into film. That experience has guided the company’s focus on “hand-crafted” strategic partnership and personal attention in distributing the titles on the label to a full range of digital and cable VOD platforms.

    Links –
    • Film’s Devolver Page – www.devolverdigital.com/films/view/a-survey-of-open-space
    • Official Site – www.asurveyofopenspace.com
    • Peat Duggins – www.peatduggins.com
    • Trailer – youtu.be/Su91mVT7_6w
    • IMDb – www.imdb.com/title/tt2857606
    • Facebook – www.facebook.com/asurveyofopenspace
    • Preorder – Amazon

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    For more information, photos, a screener, or to schedule an interview, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201, lynn@greengalactic.com.

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    “A Survey of Open Space gave me a lot to chew on about travel, and about what we leave behind, what we take with us, and what we stand to gain in this big world and short life.“

    – Adam Sultan, Fusebox Festival

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