Watch: The Desert Said Dance


A feature film about conquering your fears and pushing yourself over that next mountain range.

Forrest Minchinton, Colton Udall, Derek Ausserbauer, and Nic Garvin take themselves far beyond where most people feel alive. Each with motivations of their own. From chasing a childhood dream to honoring a fallen teammate taken too soon. A five-time champion in search of reliving his former glory, and a young Ironman destined for his place at the top. A motley crew united by motorcycle with the common goal of proving to themselves and to the world that they are alive and that the dance must go on. All in the name of glory at the world’s longest non-stop, point-to-point, off-road race: The Baja 1000.

There’s a different kind of art to a life lived as a desert racer. A love for the intricacies of our natural world and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine against the elements. An eternity of preparation, training and confident passion is absolutely necessary to win in the desert. But as Colton Udall, one of the team riders in the film most eloquently puts it, ‘If you think you’re going to come down here and beat Mexico, it will absolutely bite you.’

It’s been an honor to tell this story and we’re proud to share it with the world. Directed by Lincoln Caplice, this film was produced by Mojave Productions and Monster Children Films. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank the incredible film community who worked with us to bring this film to life. We hope you enjoy.

The Desert Said Dance is available now to watch on Apple TV, Vimeo On Demand, Amazon Prime and everywhere else.

Forrest and his father, Mike, work side by side in the Mojave Desert. There’s something about that place where time, as Forrest puts it, ‘just seems to melt away.’ I got lost watching them working on their separate disciplines; it’s special what they have and how they share and spend time together out in the desert – Matt Cherubino, Photographer
The legends from Tempt Media nailing the aerial shots of the boys – Tom Hawkins, Photographer
A portion of the copious maps I had on the walls of our accommodation in Ensenada. I had planned out every route each camera and helicopter team would take in order to play leapfrog with the race team and capture mid-race shots. I spent quite a few late nights poring over these maps and could probably count the hours of sleep I had in the week leading up to the race on two hands – Harrison Mark, Producer
This portrait was taken while making morning coffee before a day of filming in the Mojave Desert. Forest’s Father Mike would be up every morning, keeping the fire going and making his morning brew. We really became a part of the rider’s journey after a few weeks out in the desert testing the bikes, and living all together in the small rooms Mike had built himself – Andrew Gough, Director of Photography.
The afternoon sun catches the flames of dust. I remember this moment vividly, as much as it was about building up to race highly competitively, it was easy to see Forrest is passionate about riding and does it for all the right reasons. Getting out there and having fun, it’s definitely inspiring to see and know not to take everything all too seriously – Matt Cherubino, Photographer.
The boys huddled together at Race Mile 695. Freezing cold, sleep-deprived and having the time of our lives – Jamil Hassan, Producer.
The evening after the race ended. We drank beers and let fireworks off at each other – Jamil Hassan, Producer.
Director of Photography, Andrew Gough and his right-hand man, Sandy McLennan deep in doco mode.
Our incredible Shotover Tech, JP de Lespinois searching for treasure.
New friends along the Baja coast.

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