Local brings new film to Placerville
Placerville native Todd Huffman will bring his latest film, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on July 23
After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally.
John Penton is motorcycle pioneer whose life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and global notoriety.
From a humble motorcycle shop, he had an international off-road racing career. At the start of his career he soon realized that a smaller machine would be better suited to the off-road track. With his Penton motorcycles made by KTM, he introduced riding to a new generation and, along with his family and loyal followers, changed the motorcycle industry forever.
The full-length documentary is narrated by Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett.
“We’re excited that Placerville and El Dorado County can share in this special night to enjoy John and his family’s wonderful story,” said Huffman, the film’s director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media. “It will be fun to bring the film home to where my interest in motorcycles and dirt bikes began.”
Huffman grew up in El Dorado County, attending Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, and enjoyed riding dirt bikes and racing BMX bikes. He graduated in 1981. He moved to Southern California to professionally race BMX bikes and attend college. He currently lives resides in Fullerton in Orange County.
The two-hour and-15-minute film also features former Placerville resident and Motorcycle Hall of Fame rider Carl Cranke, who worked and raced for Penton in the 1970s.
The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the Placerville Stadium 8, 337 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
Tickets for the screening are $10.75 and are being sold only online at gathr.us/screening/8316.