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Andrew Rubin on his journey with Ride with Larry

Locally produced doc screens April 13

Larry Smith, the Kilroy of South Dakota, marks his territory.
Larry Smith, the Kilroy of South Dakota, marks his territory.
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Ride with Larry ****

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Larry Smith is the only true American hero to emerge from cinema this year. For Smith, movement is life. After living with Parkinson’s for 20 years, the small town baker and retired police officer decides to confront motion disorder head-on by doing “something big before it’s too late.” In Miller’s case, that means attempting a 270-mile ride across South Dakota on a three-wheel bicycle. (Miraculously, there’s a high probability that Parkinson’s patients who can’t walk can pilot a bike!) Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal should hang a shingle outside their office that reads, “Improving the quality of life through quality filmmaking.” With <em>Larry</em>, they have achieved the near-impossible: a dramatically compelling, life-embracing love story that never once solicits pity and leaves all other so-called “disease-of-the-week” docs in the dust.

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Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal's Ride with Larry, the enrichingly uplifting documentary profile of Larry Smith, a retired cop with Parkinson's who rode his bicycle across South Dakota to inspire others living with the disease, will play twice next month at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

Place

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

The pair of afternoon screenings take place at 2 pm and 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 13. The second showing will be followed immediately by a panel discussion on current Parkinson's research and therapies, including the use of medical marijuana.

Video:

Ride with Larry trailer

Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis will moderate a panel that includes Jerry Henberger, Executive Director, Parkinson's Association of San Diego; Dr. Andres Bratt-Leal, lead scientist for Scripps Summit4StemCell Pilot Project; Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C, Scripps Clinic, Division of Neurology; and Dr. Bob Blake, medical marijuana examiner.

Video:

Interview with director Andrew Rubin

Tickets are $10, with proceeds from the event benefitting Parkinson's Association SD, Summit4StemCell, and Americans for Safe Access San Diego.

Last week, Andrew Rubin and I had a chance to sit down and talk about Larry and the event. It went something like this.

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Larry Smith, the Kilroy of South Dakota, marks his territory.
Larry Smith, the Kilroy of South Dakota, marks his territory.
Movie

Ride with Larry ****

thumbnail

Larry Smith is the only true American hero to emerge from cinema this year. For Smith, movement is life. After living with Parkinson’s for 20 years, the small town baker and retired police officer decides to confront motion disorder head-on by doing “something big before it’s too late.” In Miller’s case, that means attempting a 270-mile ride across South Dakota on a three-wheel bicycle. (Miraculously, there’s a high probability that Parkinson’s patients who can’t walk can pilot a bike!) Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal should hang a shingle outside their office that reads, “Improving the quality of life through quality filmmaking.” With <em>Larry</em>, they have achieved the near-impossible: a dramatically compelling, life-embracing love story that never once solicits pity and leaves all other so-called “disease-of-the-week” docs in the dust.

Find showtimes

Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal's Ride with Larry, the enrichingly uplifting documentary profile of Larry Smith, a retired cop with Parkinson's who rode his bicycle across South Dakota to inspire others living with the disease, will play twice next month at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

Place

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

The pair of afternoon screenings take place at 2 pm and 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 13. The second showing will be followed immediately by a panel discussion on current Parkinson's research and therapies, including the use of medical marijuana.

Video:

Ride with Larry trailer

Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis will moderate a panel that includes Jerry Henberger, Executive Director, Parkinson's Association of San Diego; Dr. Andres Bratt-Leal, lead scientist for Scripps Summit4StemCell Pilot Project; Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C, Scripps Clinic, Division of Neurology; and Dr. Bob Blake, medical marijuana examiner.

Video:

Interview with director Andrew Rubin

Tickets are $10, with proceeds from the event benefitting Parkinson's Association SD, Summit4StemCell, and Americans for Safe Access San Diego.

Last week, Andrew Rubin and I had a chance to sit down and talk about Larry and the event. It went something like this.

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Really nice interview. Tells a lot about sincere side of medical marijuana. Severe symptoms can be treated with it, even horrible anxiety. No reason to outlaw except to give prison time to any minority or poor for little reason. Compassion rules.

April 1, 2014

Thanks, Shirl. There is no greater plea for the legalization of marijuana than watching a Parkinson's patient come close to being treated like a criminal when trying to purchase his medicine. "Ride With Larry" is a film that has the potential to change lives. I hope you can see it when it screens on the 13th.

April 3, 2014

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