Film

Bicycle Film Festival

Ottawa 2019

Program 1

International Bike Shorts

DAN DEACON - THE BREAKAWAY

UK 2018  3 min.

Dir. Finlay Pretsell

Dan Deacon has performed in multiple cities for the Bicycle Film Festival. This music video for his song “The Breakaway" is footage from the feature he scored, Time Trial.

THE THEORY OF SUNSET

Russia 2017  9 min.

Dir. Roman Sokolov

This is one of the most celebrated short animated films of the last few years. Each morning, while everyone is asleep, a young boy crosses the wintry forest to do a very important job: to make sure that the new day starts on time. The story builds an imaginary explanation about different cycles: of the sun, of life and of death, all in harmonious existence.

THE IMPOSSIBLE RIDE

USA 2019  16 min.

Dir. Eben Hall

Who is the fastest cyclist on the planet? She is a woman named Denise Mueller. Great Big Story presents her journey to beat the land speed world record on a bicycle of both men and women.

I’M NOT STOPPING

Switzerland 2018  15 min.

Dir. Rugile Kaladyte

Lael Wilcox won the Trans Am Bike Race across the United States overall.  She races her first ultra-endurance competition in Europe, The Navad1000, a 1000-kilometer-long self-supported

mountain bike race that climbs 30,000 meters and crosses nearly the entire country of Switzerland.

RE-CYCLE

Canada, USA 2019  4 min.

Dir. Claudia Kedney-Bolduc

Shop owner and enthusiast, Megan Arceneaux attempts to grow Lafayette, Louisiana’s bike culture - one recycled bike at a time.

L’A BICI

Italy 2014  9 min.

Dir. Giorgio Bonecchi Borgazzi

On the background of a country in deep crisis, an office clerk decides to ride his bike to work even though he might be fired soon. When the chain of his bike suddenly becomes entangled, he is confronted by the only man around offering support: a homeless foreigner.

MODDER (MUD)

Belgium 2019  6 min.

Dir. Ralph Samson

One week in cyclocross' mother land.

WATER CYCLE: OCEAN, SURF BY BIKE
USA, MEXICO 2019  9 min.

Dir. Nicole Mackinlay Hahn

Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California, traveled to Mexico with her husband and son in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

OCTA

France 2019  4 min.

Dir. Vincent De La Rue

The bicycle, the rider and nature merge.

RJ RIPPER

Nepal 2018  20 min.

Dir. Joey Schusler

The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalayas.

A Vimeo Staff Pick - Best of the Month.

Total Program 1: 95 min.

Program 2

Urban Bike Shorts

RED HOOK CRIT MILANO NO. 9

Italy, Romania 2018  7 min.

Dir. Qiu Ics

The men and women of the most recent Red Hook Crit to “Diesel Power” by The Prodigy.

STYROFOAM

China, USA 2017  5 min.

Dir. Noah Sheldon

Guo Jie is one of the estimated 277 million rural migrant workers in China. In Shanghai, she buys and collects styrofoam boxes from markets selling fresh produce and takes them to a seafood wholesale market where she resells them. She does one round trip a day, piling as much styrofoam on her bike as possible so she doesn’t have to go back and forth. Scored by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

MASH COLLECTION

USA 2019  7 min.

Dir. Mike Martin

An adeptly shot compilation of riding vignettes from some of San Francisco’s best street riders.

KNIVES DOWN, BIKES UP

UK 2018  3 min.

Dir. Matt Dempsey

London is currently experiencing a knife crime epidemic. In response to this crisis, some of London’s youths have banded together to start the Knives Down, Bikes Up movement.

TAILWHIP

2017 USA  13 min.

Dir. Joris Debeij

Produced by Lebron James film company Uninterupted

A young BMX-rider, Erik Aguila has the chance to make it as a professional and escape his less than ideal surroundings. This is a story of love between a father and his son.

RIDE LIKE A GIRL

USA 2019  3 min.

Dir. Jon Lynn

Pittsburgh’s first indoor bike park, The Wheel Mill closed its doors to boys. This day “girls only”.

COFFEECAT

Russia 2018  3 min.

Dir. Phillip Kurepin

Checkpoint. Coffee. Checkpoint. A speedy alleycat in St. Petersburg, Russia.

RAPHA RIDES OSAKA

Japan 2018  4 min.

Dir. Lee Basford

You can find photographer Kei Tsuji at the finish line of every Grand Tour stage, pursuing the winner and looking to capture some of the most memorable scenes of bicycle racing through his lens.

TYRONE WILLIAMS

USA 2019  2 min.

Dir. Peter Sutherland

Go for a ride with pro-BMX legend and Manhattan’s Dah Shop owner, Tyrone Williams.

JIMMY JIMMY

India 2018  4 min.

Dir. Anuj Khurana

Cycling in India has come of age.  BMX in India is only
getting bigger and better by the day.  Jimmy’s run through

Old Delhi expresses this.

SPEED WALKING NYC

USA 2019  8 min.

Dir. Matt Sezer

For the past 20 years, 59-year-old foot courier Kurt Boone has been documenting New York City bike messenger culture, all while walking 7+ miles every day. His passion and excitement for the culture brings positivity to the messenger community in the face of the bleak economic realities of courier work.

NO REST

USA 2019  7 min.

Dir. Matt Reyes

In a city that’s always changing, the fixed gear community is thriving again in San Francisco. Don’t just take my word for it, check out the montage we filmed in March & April 2019. Everything is better together and If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.

TENZIN

USA 2018  3 min.

Dir. Bob Blankemeier

Tenzin Nyandak immigrated from Nepal with his mother as a teenager. Through the discovery of BMX, Tenzin crafted his view on how to push himself in competitive New York City and grow as an adult.

LUCAS BRUNELLE

USA, Iraq, Syria, El Salvador 2019 10 min.

Dir. Kelsey Leigh

A compilation of Mr. Brunelle’s recent greatest hits

LAGOS BMX CREW

Nigeria, UK 2018  12 min.

Dir. Fraser Byrne

Starboy, KK Money, and S-King lead us through the streets of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, to illustrate just what a difference riding bikes has made to their lives and what their hopes are for the future of the sport in their city.

Total Program 2: 91 min.

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