Pacific Coast Freeway Doc ’21 Miles In Malibu’ Explores Deadly Risks – Latest Hollywood News

21 Miles in Malibu, a documentary about site visitors, grief and bureaucratic inertia, premieres Feb. 16 on the Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Pageant. It’s produced by and facilities on the producer Michel Shane (Catch Me If You Can, I Robotic), his spouse, Ellen, and their 13-year-old daughter, Emily, who was fatally struck by a driver in 2010 whereas strolling alongside Pacific Coast Freeway.

The 56-minute movie, directed by Nic Davis (Huge: The Gorge Story), explores the evolution, dynamics, paradoxes and — most crucially — risks of PCH, which serves as the important thing conduit for each the ultra-affluent, world-famous city’s residents (its inhabitants is simply over 10,000, in response to the latest U.S. Census), in addition to the throngs who more and more go to, particularly on weekends, holidays and in the summertime. The highway’s lengthy historical past of loss of life and destruction has begat an area nickname, Blood Alley; numerous government-funded research; and perpetual questions on why extra hasn’t been carried out to extend security.

Shane’s personal frustration fueled his work on the venture. “I’m not likely a political animal — I’m a filmmaker,” he says. “One of the best ways for me to specific the outrage, to get the message out, was visually.” (The person who killed Emily — Sina Khankhanian, discovered to be dashing for miles earlier than colliding together with her — is presently in jail for second-degree homicide.)

Shane has his personal recommendations to handle the disaster: vastly rising the price of tickets to dissuade dashing; constructing a few city-owned garages in Malibu catering to guests, so they’re much less prone to park and exit their autos alongside PCH. However primarily he’d identical to to see CalTrans, the state’s transportation company chargeable for the roadway, merely perform the numerous prosaic fixes that its consultants have lengthy recommended, from adjusted lane markings and clearer signage to raised synchronization in streetlight techniques. “They spend an entire bunch of cash doing research, after which there’s little change carried out,” he says.

PCH is the location of a whole lot of vehicle-related accidents annually. California Freeway Patrol knowledge for the 21 miles of PCH inside the metropolis’s limits reveals 49 fatalities between 2012 and 2022. The company’s main listed causes embody distraction, dashing and intoxication.

This being Malibu, often the lethal incidents contain well-known figures, prompting transient waves of outcry and recrimination about what must be carried out, together with a 2015 tragedy by which a driver in a pickup truck slammed into the parked automobile of rapper MC Supreme, aka Dewayne Coleman, or the identical 12 months when Caitlyn Jenner initiated a multivehicle collision that resulted within the loss of life of one other motorist. (Jenner wasn’t charged.)

“When somebody that’s high-profile is concerned, [the issue] will get the eye that’s needed,” Shane says. “Then every little thing else, you’re simply one of many statistics. It’s brutal.”

Photo of producer Michel Shane and his late daughter Emily in 2001. She was five years old at the time.

Photograph of producer Michel Shane and his late daughter Emily in 2001. She was 5 years previous on the time.

Courtesy of the Shane Household

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