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Local native working on motorcycle reality series

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Charlie Brumbly

ROCK FALLS – Life is just better in the wind ... on a rumbling motorcycle on the open roads of this land of the free and home of the brave we call America.

At least, life is best there for Charlie Brumbly.

The Rock Falls native, who today has dozens of acting, directing and producing credits to his name, is working on his first solo project: a docu-reality TV series called “Better in the Wind.”

The show will follow Brumbly and Co. – “some next-generation bikers” – as they traverse the country in search of the American Dream. Not the dream as we know it today, although that’s part of it, but the dream as it was supposed to be years ago, unfettered and without pretense. A dream that sadly, at least according to these guys, has faded into obscurity and complacency.

The guys – which, if they look and act anything like Brumbly, are exactly the kind of guys you would expect to see on the backs of shiny Harley-Davidsons rambling down dusty country roads under blue skies – will explore nostalgic and scenic locales and pay homage to the road.

They also will delve into the current state of our union and search for the truth through the eyes of regular people and politicians alike.

“We’ll knock on some doors,” Brumbly said. “Talk to blue-collar cats. Try to get meetings with city officials. Ask, ‘Does anyone have any idea how to fix what’s wrong in this country?’”

Brumbly, 42, was inspired by a motorcycle trip he and some friends took to Alaska a few years ago.

“We were gone for almost 2 months, then we came back, and I just thought, ‘I’d like to do that for, like, forever,’” he said.

But Brumbly kept the idea in a notebook for a while. He rekindled the fire via an article, titled “Better in the Wind,” that essentially espouses that there still are some guys who live life according to their own rules.

“There is still today, amongst the fabricated man, some who ebb and flow through life against the grain, holding fast to the ideals of a time that was not their own ... The vengeance of their lost generation shakes their soils and, in a series of moments strung together by chance and risk, they are rediscovering the elements that once defined a man,” the article says.

Brumbly, with rings on a few of his fingers, hair slicked back and held in place with a pair of shades, and the classic white T-shirt and blue jeans, has high hopes for the project, despite some recent setbacks.

He and his gang set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $16,000 by Aug. 2. They started filming a pilot episode, but Brumbly’s computer, with almost all of that footage, was stolen a few weeks ago, and then his beloved mother, Doris Brumbly, died last week in Dixon at the age of 80.

So far, 15 backers have contributed $650 toward the project. But in light of the recent bumps in the road (pun intended), Brumbly and his group have postponed their project.

“We’ll get back there,” he said. “We’re gonna do it, no matter what.”

Brumbly hopes to resume filming in September and eventually pitch the show to a cable network, such as A&E.

To contribute

Rock Falls native Charlie Brumbly is raising funds on Kickstarter to make a docu-reality series called "Better in the Wind."

Go to kickstarter.com and search for "Better in the Wind" to read more about the project and to contribute toward his $16,000 goal. The campaign ends Aug. 2.

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