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Your First Look at Feature Film Debut from Director Adrian Bonvento ‘Rookie Season’

Last updated: May 9, 2022

The feature film debut from director Adrian Bonvento, Rookie Season gives audiences unprecedented access to the team throughout their 2019 season, be it through visceral in-car cameras, frank pit lane and engineering room discussions, or meaningful insight from the main characters. Adventure Entertainment released Rookie Season theatrically in over 100 cinemas across North America, Australia and New Zealand just last month. Now, Strike Back Studios is flooring the pedal for a global TVOD/Digital platform release across all TVOD/Digital platforms throughout across North America (USA & Canada), The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and more.

Here is an SCREEN MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE clip from Rookie Season… Director Adrian Bonvento sets it up with the following, “Robin Liddell brings up two very direct truths about motorsport in this scene. The first is that driving in the pouring rain with near-zero visibility is far from an enjoyable experience. At any given moment you are one misstep away from a very dangerous wreck. The second is related to the power of the human mind and will. Robin conveys the utter and extreme focus that is required to truly extract every last bit of performance out of both yourself and the car. Most of us may never get to experience that level of focus. And for most drivers it would be very easy to proceed conservatively in those situations. However, as Robin announces in his final line, that is not the type of person he is.”

Let’s hop in and enjoy this exclusive clip…

In 2019 Adrian Bonvento undertook the daunting task of creating his debut feature length film as a team of one, telling an incredible underdog story. Businessman and amateur racer Frank DePew  purchased the assets of Rebel Rock Racing in late 2018 with the goal of testing his skill in the professional racing ranks. He hired as his co-driver Robin Liddell, a decorated veteran with 29 career wins in IMSA’s top-level series and the 2015 Michelin Pilot Challenge champion in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Joe Hall   also joined the team as crew chief. The road to success was anything but easy. The team finished dead last in a 49-car field at the 2019 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Slowly but surely,  DePew, Liddell and the  Rebel Rock crew built the program back up and punctuated the rebirth with a win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and a storybook victory at Road America.

Here is the official trailer for this sports racing documentary thriller…

Director Adrian Bonvento was there for it all. Bonvento was given unprecedented access to the team, and the open, honest narration from team members provides rare and intimate insights.   Action sequences were filmed entirely independent of broadcast cameras.Bonvento’s unfettered access and creative cinematography makes for a fresh and powerful portrait of a team, in an attempt to discover what truly drives these individuals at their very core.

Cinematic and enthralling, Rookie Season forgoes traditional interviews and straps the viewer firmly into the driver’s seat, as it follows the highs and lows of Rebel Rock Racing during their inaugural IMSA   season. A deeply moving and introspective account of what it takes to compete, this is a story of struggle and strife; of victories along the way; of defeat. It is a universal underdog tale that attempts to uncover the truth and the meaning behind the pursuit of one’s dream.

The Strike Back Studios cinematic racing documentary  “Rookie Season is now available across all TVOD/Digital platforms across North America (USA & Canada), The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and more.  Click here to watch the film online today.

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