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Filmed by Bike starts tonight!

Filmed by Bike starts tonight!

It's a big deal!(Photo: Filmed by Bike)

It’s a big deal!
(Photo: Filmed by Bike)

A big street party in the parking lot behind Velo Cult will kick off the 14th annual Filmed by Bike film festival tonight.

This isn’t just any party. There will be live performance art, a bike confessional storytelling booth, live DJs, a beer garden, group rides all over the place, a slow bike race, and who knows what else.

But beyond the fun is something even bigger: This is our film fest. A local, bike-inspired event that we should all be proud of (and support!). A testament to what’s possible when a city’s bike culture is hitting on all cylinders.

Filmed by Bike inspires and entertains people all over the globe with its unique collection of bike movies, and it’s also an amazing success story. It’s hard to believe this little event that northeast Portlander Ayleen Crotty dreamed up way back when is now one of the best and biggest events of the year. In the past few weeks I’ve seen headlines about it in the media all over town. Now that’s inspiring.

From tonight’s party to the final curtain, there’s a lot of fun to be had. There’s a brewery tour ride with the filmmakers, Q & As, four different programs, special guests to introduce the films, and much more.

Saturday’s films have a love theme and on Sunday it’s all about adventure. Get pumped before you go by reading stories about the fest from KGW-TV, The Willamette Week, The Portland Tribune and The Oregonian.

If you go tonight and get tickets to the 9:00 pm show, I’ll be up on stage before the films start to have a chat with Ayleen. Hope to see you there!

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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Filmed by Bike is coming! See the trailer, the poster and buy your tickets

Filmed by Bike is coming! See the trailer, the poster and buy your tickets

The 14th annual Filmed by Bike is right around the corner. The big event is May 6th – 8th at the Hollywood Theater and tickets went on sale today. Also today, organizers released the promotional trailer and poster — both of which are Filmed by Bike traditions and reflect the event’s growth into bona fide arts and cultural event.

According to event director and founder Ayleen Crotty, the trailer was shot in one day in downtown Hood River with a cast and crew of 35 volunteers. It features several familiar faces from the Portland bike scene including: Jocelyn Gaudi from Komorebi Cycling Team, former bike messenger-turned cargo bike enthusiast Mike Cobb; Kevin Schmidt from bike-centric physical therapy business Pedal PT; and Meghan Sinnott from Nutcase Helmets and the World Naked Ride (among many other projects). The trailer was created by filmmaker and Hood River resident Manny Marquez. Learn more about him on the Filmed by Bike website.

This year’s poster was designed by Donovan Pierce. Check it out below…


If you love bikes you’re going to love the Filmed by Bike schedule this year. The buzz we’re hearing from this year’s films is off the charts and there are parties, swag, and good times galore in store. It all starts with the New Belgium Street Party and Opening Night on Friday May 6th at Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern.

New to the festival this year is a VIP Program presented by Portland Design Works. The $55 VIP pass gets you unlimited access to all the shows as well as a Filmmaker Brewery Tour, an exclusive screening, special Q & A sessions with visitin filmmakers, swag and more.

Crotty says this year’s collection of movies has a “huge emphasis on adventure films and tales of amazing feats on the rugged road.” With its May date, Filmed by Bike is sure to inspire many summer adventures. Get your tickets and learn more at

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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First look at the new Filmed By Bike trailer!

First look at the new Filmed By Bike trailer!


Watch it below.

Filmed By Bike, Portland’s homegrown bike film festival, just keeps getting better and better. Now in its 13th year, the festival takes place May 22-24 at the historic Hollywood Theater.

To up the excitement for this year’s event, founder Ayleen Crotty has put together a trailer that is sure to make you smile. We got an exclusive first look before it’s released anywhere else. Check it out below and see how many local fave riding spots you can identify…

13th Annual Filmed by Bike Trailer from Filmed by Bike on Vimeo.

Bike Gallery warehouse sale!

Ayleen also shared some fun stats from the shoot:

Trailer stats:
– 4 days of shooting
– 45 extras aged 2-68
– A team of five assistants
– One camera
– 8 Orps
– 3 drift bikes
– 2 cargo bikes
– 1 tall bike
– 1 swing grill bike
– 1 family of six children (the Nichols family)
– 10 quesadillas and 15 sausages grilled on the grill bike at the Skidmore Bluffs as the sun set on Portland

Learn more about the festival at

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Filmed by Bike and Bicycle Film Festival get ready to welcome spring

Filmed by Bike and Bicycle Film Festival get ready to welcome spring

The 2014 Filmed by Bike trailer.

Two festivals of bike-themed short films from around the world — one New York show visiting town this Saturday, and one Portland-built lineup opening next month — are ready to ring in the warm season at the Clinton Street Theater.

The Bicycle Film Festival, based in New York City since 2001, is a multi-city touring show playing two bills of 11 short films each on Saturday night at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

The local festival, Filmed by Bike, is also having some early fun this weekend. They’re wooing local bikers to join a photo shoot on bicycles with the soccer superfans of the Timbers Army this Sunday at 9:30 am. (They’ll be offering free coffee, donuts and beer to participants.)

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Outside Filmed by Bike in 2009.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland

Filmed by Bike, which has been produced in Portland since 2003, is a weekend-long event April 19-22 that this year will include its first feature-length film (at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20) and a night of live storytelling on Monday, April 21.

In all, Filmed by Bike will offer five overlapping programs and several nights of live fun. You can check out clips from the FBB selection in the trailer above.

Admission to the Bicycle Film Festival is $10 for both bills. Admission to Filmed by Bike is $28 for a festival pass, $10 for the screenings and $8 for the Monday night storytelling.

12th Annual Filmed by Bike weighs its first feature-length contender

12th Annual Filmed by Bike weighs its first feature-length contender

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Outside the 5th annual festival, in 2008.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

With two weeks and change until the submission deadline for Portland’s all-bike film festival, a jury has been named and plans are taking shape for four days of creativity at the Clinton Street Theater in April.

Founding curator Ayleen Crotty said Friday that the festival may cross a new threshold this year: an epic. At least by festival standards.

“We’ll definitely have that focus on very short movies, but this year we are considering a feature-length film,” Crotty said of the 95-minute submission, which if it’s a contender would get its own night of screening. “It’s just good.”

The independent festival, April 19-22 this year, will dedicate a “special night in the theater that’s not a movie night.” Crotty said that’s all she can say so far. Also new this year is a “watch” page on the festival’s website, a web-based archive of “some of our favorite movies from festival over the years,” Crotty said.

This week, the festival named its 2014 jury, which as usual consists entirely of first-timers. Crotty said this year’s group seems particularly excited for its five-hour prescreening marathon.

“We squirrel ourselves away at the secret theater at Velo Cult for two days of movie-watching,” Crotty said. “We make sure that they’re well imbibed.”

She said the jury has been “changing over the years as a focus not just on people who ride bikes but people who really like film.”

The submission deadline is Jan. 20, but Crotty said they’re willing to push that a few days, especially for a first-timer.

“I encourage them to give us a call,” she said.

Filmed by Bike starts tomorrow: Here’s your guide

Filmed by Bike starts tomorrow: Here’s your guide

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This is how you’ll feel
at Filmed by Bike.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Filmed by Bike, one of Portland’s most beloved celebrations of bicycling, starts tomorrow! This is the 11th annual festival and organizer Ayleen Crotty has put together what looks to be another stellar event. The street party is bigger and more exciting, there are tons of special performances planned including live art creation, bike dancing, and music. And of course there are eight screenings of four distinct programs chock full of the “best bike movies from around the world.”

Ayleen recently shared a rundown of special events and other fun stuff you won’t want to miss.

The New Belgium Street Fest

  • The Street Fest is all mew this year, it’s all ages and goes from 3-9pm.
  • Dots Cafe is hosting New Belgium Beer and serving up food in the beer garden.
  • Our stage is entirely pedal powered thanks to the Tall Tour Crew, which is Brian Sysfail and his buddies. They perfected this system to be fully transportable by bike, powered by pedaling and also super bass-y and loud in all the right ways. People will be able to hop on a bike to keep the juice flowing (and there will be pre-charged batteries, too).
  • The entertainment begins at 4 with live art creation by Time Arts Club, a PSU arts association. They’ll be creating a special piece for Filmed by Bike, accompanied by music. People can watch the creation progress throughout the hour. The piece will then be on display.

  • A group of bikers from Vancouver, BC created a dance bike video. Their movie made it into Filmed by Bike so an enthusiastic team of 6 of them is coming down to perform the dance on stage at Filmed by Bike. They’ll also be teaching the audience their moves so people can dance along when their movie plays at Filmed by Bike!
  • Love Bomb Go Go, the cool marching band, performs at 7:30.
  • DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid return to Filmed by Bike with their bollywood/bhangra beats that are sure to get the crowd dancing. We can’t wait to have them back; they last performed at Filmed by Bike in 2010 to rave reviews.
  • Crank my Chain is hosting the Bike Confessional Storytelling Booth where people can share their bike stories in a private curtained-off room.
  • Radio Room is hosting a wild photo booth.
  • New Belgium will be custom making hats and beer cozies on site with a heat transferred (like iron-on) Filmed by Bike logo
  • Laughing Planet wants people to ride their bikes to Filmed by Bike and they’re hosting a giant bike parking arena on opening night.

Get your FBB logo ironed on a cozy or a hat compliments of New Belgium.

Still from The Man Who Lived on His Bike, a film by Guillaume Blanchet (Montreal, Canada).

Still from Cycling Central Asia, a film by Peter and Mary Root (United Kingdom).

Still from Bare as You Dare, a film by Ian McCluskey, Lilah Cady, and Jenn Byrne (Portland, Oregon)

Still from Superstorm Sandy on Bikes, a film by Casey Neistat (New York City)

About the Films

  • New this year, all screenings are all ages.
  • We started in August to collect the best bike movies from around the world.
  • We curated the 40 films chosen by our esteemed jury into four distinct programs that show in 8 showtimes (plenty of opportunity to get to the theater) across the three days.
  • There are no movies on Monday. On Monday, we rest!

Hot Tips

  • Festival pass is the way to go! Only $25, includes a DVD and grants unlimited access to the theater. Festival Pass sales are at an all-time high and we’re so excited to see so many people come repeatedly to the theater.
  • Buy tickets online to ensure you get into the show you want to see – the Saturday shows could sell out.
  • Get in Free: A handful of volunteer positions are still opening – this is a great way to be in the heart of the event and get into Filmed by Bike for free.

You definitely don’t want to miss the Filmed by Bike action. It all happens at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St.) See you at the street party!

Filmed by Bike to pay tribute to couple killed in Thailand

Filmed by Bike to pay tribute to couple killed in Thailand

The cycling world is reeling today as word spreads of a tragic collision that claimed the lives of a UK-based couple that was touring the world by bicycle together. Peter Root and Mary Thompson were riding their bikes in Thailand when someone driving a pick-up truck drove into their path. The couple had been on global biking adventure that started in July 2011.

Peter and Mary had also just recently learned that a film based on their biking adventures was chosen for the 2013 Filmed by Bike festival slated for Portland this April.

Festival Director Ayleen Crotty confirmed today that the couple’s film, Cycling Central Asia, was chosen by a panel of judges to be part of the event. Crotty said this morning that they plan to do a video tribute to Peter and Mary when their film is shown. “Filmed by Bike is producing a short piece to honor the love Peter and Mary had for each other and the adventures they shared.”

Here’s more from a statement made by Crotty about the tragedy this morning:

“In the last two years, Filmed by Bike has seen a huge surge in travel-by-bike movies. I don’t know if more people are adventuring by bike, or it is just that more people are bringing cameras along for the ride. These submissions are a fantastic glimpse into the very special experiences of the cyclists. Perhaps something about that made it extra sad to learn of Peter and Mary’s passing. As previewers of their piece, we saw how happy they were adventuring, and that is what they were doing when they passed away.”

Ayleen also shared an email sent to her from Peter and Mary upon learning their film had been chosen. “Greetings from Cambodia,” it read, “Thanks for the great news! We’re over the moon that our film was chosen.”

Below is a clip of the film they had uploaded to Vimeo:

Cycling Central Asia from on Vimeo.

The 11th annual Filmed by Bike will be held in Portland on April 20-23rd.


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