“You can’t do in a car what you can do in a van,” explains one subject in Vannin’ – A Documentary. In the 1970’s, custom vans were a vessel of rock ‘n’ roll and the open road lifestyle. The heavy rolling road warriors are making a comeback, but Chicago filmmakers Andrew Morgan and Nick Nummerdor were surprised to discover that van culture never actually died.
The film explores custom vans and their hardcore enthusiasts, with a full-length sneak preview screening at the Patio Theater (6008 W. Irving Park Rd.) this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Vannin’ rolls inside the 40th National Truck-In, an annual private event that celebrates vanning, and uncovers the dedicated group who has kept van culture revving for over four decades. The film is set to a heavy hitting soundtrack that includes Chicago’s Heavy Times. Chicagoist spoke with the filmmakers about the staying power of van culture and how Vannin’ is like punk rock.