The Long Ride Home - Best of the Fest at SIFF
Our documentary, The Long Ride Home, was named a Best of the Fest selection at the Seattle International Film Festival. In 2001, Kevin Mincio was an up-and-coming Goldman Sachs vice president with an office at 1 Liberty Plaza - next door to the World Trade Center - when the first plane hit the tower. In an instant, his life was transformed. He put his promising career on hold to enlist in the Army and was assigned to America’s first Stryker Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington. Deployed to Iraq, Mincio was assigned as an infantryman to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Though he would eventually come home, his Army buddy, Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams, would not be as fortunate. Sgt. Mincio made a vow to help care for Williams’ daughter and family, and later to do all he could for the families of fallen soldiers. With those goals in mind, he started The Team Jesse Foundation, and launched fundraising efforts like “The Ride”, a challenging bicycle trip of 4,200 miles over 95 days aiming to arrive at Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01.
“The Long Ride Home” is the story of that ride - and of Kevin Mincio’s personal quest to honor the sacred promise he made to a friend and fellow soldier.