Indiana-born filmmaker David Anspaugh, who directed sports film classics Hoosiers and Rudy, knows something about crafting inspirational stories that feature ordinary people doing extraordinary things. His latest movie, Little Red Wagon, builds on the veteran filmmaker’s ability to showcase the human spirit by telling the true story of Zach Bonner, the boy wonder philanthropist who, with the help of his family and an RV, set out to show the world the power of selfless giving.
According to a press release, Bonner has a connection with Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV. In 2010, Bonner’s passion for homeless youth inspired the Lazydays Employee Foundation to create the Lazydays Homeless Youth Program, which has helped hundreds of homeless kids in the Tampa Bay area. The Lazydays Employee Foundation also partnered with the University of South Florida College of Medicine to create the Ybor Youth Clinic, the first medical facility in the Southeast dedicated to serving homeless and street youth.
Scheduled for release this October and November, Little Red Wagon tells the story of Bonner’s inspiring quest to end youth homelessness in America. The cinematic journey begins with six-year-old Bonner gathering supplies for hurricane victims in his little red wagon and culminates with eight-year-old Bonner, his mom and sister piling into an Itasca Suncruiser Class A motorhome – provided by Lazydays – as he begins what will ultimately become a walk across the entire country to raise awareness about the plight of homeless kids.
Bonner hopes the film will resonate with audiences and be instrumental in raising global awareness of the issue to which he’s dedicated his young life. “I really want this film to bring a lot of awareness to youth homelessness,” said the now 14-year-old about the film’s prospects, “Hopefully the film will find a huge audience in theaters and educate people on this issue.”