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Riding Roller Coasters to Preserve History

Posted By Production Team, Friday, June 12, 2015
Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2015

RIDING ROLLER COASTERS TO PRESERVE HISTORY
Enthusiasts traveling across U.S.A. this month for film on former American ride manufacturer

SAN JOSE, CALIF – With the exception of wooden roller coasters, most of today’s state of the art thrill rides are designed by European firms. But in the 1960’s, Northern California-based Arrow Development was the company that parks around the world came to for the latest in steel coaster innovation.

This month, a small crew of volunteers from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Worldwide, Inc. will crisscross the country to tell the story of an American manufacturing legend that entertained millions. The team will visit parks with prominent Arrow rides, including: Six Flags Over Texas, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Lagoon Park and Silverwood Theme Park among others.

Nicholas Laschkewitsch is the film’s Director, as well as Video Promotions Coordinator for ACE:

“The American Coaster Enthusiasts are all about the preservation and enjoyment of roller coasters,” said Laschkewitsch. “It makes sense for ACE to stand behind a documentary on Arrow Development, a company of which its creations have been admired by millions.”

Kris Rowberry is the Executive Producer, as well as the host of “The Lost Parks of Northern California” series:

“Everyone knows Silicon Valley as a hotbed for technological innovations,” said Rowberry. “But few know that the valley that gave us Google and iPhones also spawned the world’s first log flume and corkscrew roller coaster. It truly is a forgotten piece of our national history.”

“This project will literally bring history to life, as well as preserve it for generations to come,” said Robert Ingle, the film’s Photographer and Producer.

The public is welcome to join the team on the journey by following American Coaster Enthusiasts on social media or by using the #RideWithACE and #LegacyOfArrow hashtags. Fans can also visit: my.aceonline.org/arrow

About ACE: Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,000 members across the globe, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. In addition, numerous television outlets including the Travel Channel have prominently featured ACE and it’s members.

- Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch & Kris Rowberry

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  documentary  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  POV  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel  youtube 

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Pre-Production Musings...

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, May 7, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  

So, we finally made it.

After months of secret planning and teasing, we are finally able to begin talking about our ambitious project to tell the story of Arrow Development for ACE.

Quick – everybody look busy!

What surprised me most about our recent announcement was how far reaching it is – it quite literally went INTERNATIONAL – which speaks to the enjoyment that Arrow brought to so many people both now and then.

I have also noticed that each site or park approached for the film have been very supportive of the project, which just goes to show how great the relationship is between ACE and these individual parks. Be sure to look out for opportunities for you to join us on a film shoot this summer, too!

While there are several sites that we need to finalize for filming, we’re looking to confirm everything shortly. As they say in television, STAY TUNED!

  

- Kris Rowberry

*Arrow corkscrew photo: Steven Wilson collection

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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Welcome to the Arrow Documentary Production Blog!

Posted By Production Team, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural posting of the Arrow Development Documentary Production Blog!

Here’s where you will find the latest news and information as we journey across North America to highlight just some of the famous attractions that Arrow Development pioneered.

When you think about it, Arrow changed the way we would have fun…forever.

Along the way, we’ll be posting photo, video and blog updates as well as historical tidbits - so be sure to come back often for the latest.

You can also follow us and share our journey on social media by following the American Coaster Enthusiasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Just be sure to use the hashtag #RideWithACE on your favorite social media channels.

Also, feel free to reach out and interact directly with the crew members, ask questions and get involved by participating. There are many events scheduled across the country – so even though Arrow was based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Utah – there might be a riding event closer to you than you think!

Welcome aboard riders - we’re so glad to have you along for the ride!

- Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch & Kris Rowberry

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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How You Can Be a Part of ACE's Arrow Documentary

Posted By Production Team, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Many people have expressed an interest in either helping out or participating in some way with our newly announced documentary on Arrow Development. So, here’s three quick ways you can be a part of history:


1.) Join ACE:

As a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts are all about the preservation and enjoyment of amusement parks and roller coasters. By joining, you’ll help preserve our incredible amusement heritage, while becoming part of one of the largest and most respected roller coaster organizations in the world. Learn more at: www.aceonline.org


2.) Contribute photos or videos of Arrow rides / memorabilia, both past and present:

Do you have some “vintage footage” of older Arrow rides? Maybe a photo of you and your family next to a defunct Arrow coaster? Feel free to send them to nlaschkewitsch@aceonline.org and we’ll do our best to get them in the documentary, with proper attribution, of course.


 

And finally... 

3.) Join us for a shoot!

Be sure to check out the calendar of film dates to see if we'll be at your home park this summer - and register quickly!

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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