Long Haulers is an experimental 16mm and video feature-length documentary about three female truck drivers, Sandi, Lori, and Tracy. The film weaves together the stories of their lives to understand why they started trucking and what keeps them trucking. Riding along with these women, we learn about Lori’s time in prison, Sandi’s wisdom as a 77-year old trucker, and Tracy's experiences working for sexist trucking companies. Through the course of the film we become a passenger, slowly getting to know these women as they navigate across the country. From shiny profiles of women-shaped ornaments to the male-filled diners, Long Haulers provides a window into the world of trucking that reflect the sexism that dominates the industry. Long Haulers aims to provoke audiences to question gender roles and the workplace in trucking and at large.
Mapping the paths of these women’s lives in relation to trucking industry, the film illustrates the reported 5.1% of female drivers in the United States that has continued to expand since the early 2000’s. Understanding the truck not only as a means of income for these women but also as a place of freedom, autonomy, and self-expression, Long Haulers prompts Sandi, Lori, and Tracy to perform with their trucks in order to communicate to audiences the embedded interdependency between truck and woman. From Lori drawing out the physical dimensions of the truck as she talks about her five years in prison, to Tracy caressing her truck like the horses she trained as a child, Long Haulers enables the truck to act as a conduit for these women to share their traumas, fantasies, and dreams.