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Run Time: 78 minutes
Cleveland native Steve Belkin has a serious case of wanderlust. For years, the University Heights resident came up with brilliant schemes to earn free airline miles. One of those plans even had authorities confusing him as a drug trafficker. For Belkin, there’s nothing quite like traveling. He loves it so much he made a career out of it. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he participated in, he founded Competitours in 2009. The unconventional travel agency offers customers an opportunity that mirrors such reality shows as The Amazing Race. Unlike that program, Competitours’ challenges do not include eating bugs or doing dangerous stunts. Instead, they focus on fun, creativity, and resourcefulness. The destinations include a variety of European countries. And the winners snag a cash prize. Belkin is with the brave contestants every step of the way, enjoying each adventure for himself. Needless to say, it’s a dream job. TRIPPED UP is a fast-paced, action-packed documentary that follows Belkin on a recent trek, giving viewers an inside look at all the exciting surprises that come with the Competitours experience. —E.F.
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Laura Watilo Blake
Laura Watilo Blake is the founder of eLBee Studio, a Cleveland-based visual media company. She holds a master’s in media management from Kent State University. Blake is an internationally published, award-winning journalist, photographer, book author, and independent filmmaker. In 2005 she launched the travel website FarFlungTravels.com, which features stories and photography from around the globe.
TRIPPED UP (2018)
Laura Watilo Blake
Laura Watilo Blake, Robert Reiland
This film is presented by Max, Temima, Beau & Nikki Belkin and Dylan & Sawyer Opalich to honor with love their grandmother, FRAN BELKIN.