Operation Route 66
Directed by Kurt Gerber
United States | 100 min | 2016
A family with no ties to the military realize 150 veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are dying weekly by their own hands.
Their love for America and a curiosity to learn about the struggles of the returning combat veteran compel them to travel through the heart of the country to meet and thank returning veterans.
The decision to use motorcycles across Route 66 provides the visceral connection to the landscape and the Americans they meet. This film is their love letter to both.
Director, Producer, Writer
Always attracted to the fine arts, Kurt studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he began developing an aesthetic informed by renaissance painting, modern art, and pop culture. Kurt spent his early career making images for advertising clients, with his full-service production company in upstate New York and office in Manhattan. Upon discovering the friendly environs of Chicago, he formed a commercial photography business here in the mid-nineties. After shooting several of his advertising clients’ weddings, Kurt found his style sought by many in the business. After several years on his own in Chicago, he turned his friendship with Michael Scarpelli into a successful partnership. Kurt’s mission is to create a legacy of talented artists and photographers that use their gifts to create positive change in the world.
His latest project with his son Nick Gerber (nickgerber.tumblr.com) can be seen here: www.operationroute66.us