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Film about bulldozer rampage coming to theaters next month

Sky-Hi News staff report
It was a day of unspeakable devastation, and one that will never be forgotten. On June 4, 2004, a disgruntled Granby business owner hunkered down into an armor-plated bulldozer and took to the town's streets, causing upwards of $10 million in damage to local buildings. Marvin Heemeyer, a resident of Grand Lake, was behind the controls of the bulldozer, which took out such town staples as the town hall, library and the previous Sky-Hi News office on Agate Avenue. Glen Trainor, who was the Grand County undersheriff at the time of the event — now the chief of the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department — rides atop the bulldozer as it makes it way through downtown Granby. The bulldozer ultimately came to rest beneath Gamble's Hardware and Appliance, where Heemeyer then took his own life.
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Information is emerging on a new documentary film, “Tread,” with a strong local connection. The independent film is about the bulldozer rampage that took place in Granby in 2004.

The film is based, in part, on sourced material from the book by Patrick Brower, “Killdozer: The True Story of the Colorado Bulldozer Rampage.” The film’s official trailer is now playing on Apple Trailers and other platforms, and it’s been played numerous times since it was posted.

The film’s distributor is Gravitas Ventures, an independent film distributor. The film is set to be in theaters starting Feb. 21. Then a video-on-demand release date is set for Feb. 28. The film premiered last March at the South by SouthWest Film Festival to favorable reviews.

“There are many re-creations in the film that do a good job of presenting what happened on those long days leading up to the rampage,” Brower said. “But the film is at its best in the action sequences during the early stages of the rampage itself.”

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The film contains many of the photos and clips of the actual event, shot by news photographers and regular people on the scene. The combination of the recreated footage with the actual footage, and photos of Heemeyer and his friends, make for a stimulating montage created for the big screen.

More information will be released in the near future when specifics are released about local and regional showings of the film.


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