If you were to trace the lines of art and cycling culture to where they intersect, you would find yourself at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland for Filmed by Bike, a festival of bike-themed, short films. This year’s 10th anniversary festival included a variety of genres, such as music videos, documentaries, animations, and comedies.
The festival provided a platform for people to share their personal connection to bicycling. The audience cheered on one guy learning to ride a bike in his 20’s, as well as a woman for continuing to ride one into her late 80’s, donning a punkish-looking helmet. Some stories were more artfully and effectively told than others, but the compilation of short films nonetheless captured the diversity of purposes, backgrounds, lifestyles, and sports all connected by bike.
Two memorable films are Ski Boys and Performance.
Many of the filmmakers were in attendance, including some Frenchmen documenting their global bike tour. I think Peter and I were the only Wisconsinites present in the audience, not including the Trek Atwood raffle prize!
If you are interested in attending next year’s festival, submitting a movie, seeing the programs, or buying compilation DVDs, you can find all the information you need at http://filmedbybike.org/