Circle The Wagen — A Buddy/Roadtrip/Docu-Dramedy

Circle the Wagen — A Buddy/Roadtrip/Docu-Dramedy

You may be asking yourself, “why is there a mention of something other than the ’67 Beetle here?” Well, the crew over at Circle The Wagen are personal friends of Their fantastic film about the vintage Volkswagen will be shown to the world on June 9th. You can get your tickets here. Sounds like the perfect road trip for a ’67 Beetle. Congrats guys on all your hard work; looking forward to seeing the film. Check out the trailer below.

“Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/roadtrip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne’er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie—on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue ’72 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save “The Croc” from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California.”

Circle the Wagen marks the first feature film for both director Ryan Steven Green and producer Charlie Pecoraro (Dave’s co-pilot).

Both graduates of the University of Southern California’s school of Cinema-Television, Ryan’s filmic background started with short subjects such as his award-winning short documentary Between the Upper Lip and Nasal Passageway, and has recently found him directing commercial projects for the likes of PowerBar, NASA, and Torani.

Charlie is a working actor and drummer. He hosts musical colloquiums and a collective of working artists in the greater Los Angeles area committed to sharpening thought and work through discussion and critique.

Other notable members of the crew include:

  • Cinematographer Lawson Deming has lensed three features in addition to CtW. His VFX work can be seen in shows such as CSI: New York, Ugly Betty, and Body of Proof.
  • Multi-talented Jeremy Graham created the exquisite hand-made stop-motion animations that appear throughout the film.
  • Original music for the film was composed by Long Beach-based Seth Shafer and includes a special contribution from Allessandro Allessandroni, the “whistler” in the soundtrack to the classic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The filmmakers are pleased to have made a film that is unrepentantly optimistic and that celebrates both the unique place these iconic vehicles enjoy in American culture, as well as that lifestyle devoted to helping those in need, even complete strangers.

Circle the Wagen — A Buddy/Roadtrip/Docu-Dramedy

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Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started I also own Lane Russell, a leading supplier of VW parts for your classic Volkswagen restoration. I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. I’d love to see the video, but can’t make it to Albuquerque on June 9th. Is there another option? The video sounds fun!


    1. Tom,
      Charlie will chime in w/ the info!


  2. June 9th is The Classic VW show in Irvine.
    Too bad they can’t show it there.
    That film has to come to So Cal.


    1. It will! I think LA will be the next stop..


  3. Hey gang, this is Charlie. It’s a bummer set of coincidences that the film festival in Albuquerque is the same wknd as the Classic. But yes, I would LOVE to have the film play there next year. As far as an LA screening, I’m anxious for all of our SoCal volks folks to see it so it’s gonna happen. Some things are in the works but nothing it nailed down just yet.

    Here’s a few links where I post most of our updates:


    Facebook event:

    Twitter & Instagram: @circlethewagen

    Thanks for being jazzed about it! And thanks, Eric, so much for puttin us on blast on!


    1. Charlie,
      You got it, my brotha!


  4. Good morning Eric, I hope the family is doing well! Hey that would be nice if they could make it up to Seattle. We would definately see the movie! We can’t wait!! Please hurry, Jaime


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