On June 4th, 2004, a sixty-three-ton bulldozer, fortified with steel and concrete, systematically destroyed numerous businesses and homes in the small mountain town of Granby, Colorado. The rampage lasted over two hours and resulted in more than eight million dollars in damage. State and local police were incapable of even slowing the machine. Though it was armed with three high-powered firearms, no one but the driver was killed. His name was Marvin Heemeyer. TREAD explores the polarizing perspectives on this man, his motives, and what drove him to the breaking point.

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Paul Solet


Director: Paul Solet
Executive Producer: Victor Shapiro, Raphael Swann
Producer: Sean Stuart, Glen Zipper, Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Robert Halmi, Jim Reeve
Cinematographer: Zoran Popovic
Editor: Darrin Roberts
Production Designer: Robb Wilson King
Music: Austin Wintory


Public Film Contact
CAA Media Finance
Publicity Contact
Matthew Lawrence
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 88:12 mins