Movie filmed in southwest Idaho to begin film festival tour

Posted at 6:58 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 09:01:21-04

BOISE, Idaho — A movie filmed across southwest Idaho is set to begin a national film festival tour.

The documentary, 'Following the Lieutenant', follows a band of African-American soldiers in 1897 as they ride bicycles from Montana to Missouri. It was part of a test to see whether bikes could replaces horses.

The film uses Idaho landscapes to re-enact the harrowing story that's now set to show at film festivals across the country.

"When you submit to a festival, you never really know who's going to want your film, and sometimes it seems to pick up momentum and for others sometimes they never do," said the film's director, Eric Westrom.

Most of the cast and crew are from the Gem State.

The film festival tour starts off in Arlington, Massachusetts with the Idaho-debut set for late May at the Grand Teton Film Festival in Rexburg.