The 11th Annual Filmed by Bike features the best bike movies from around the world. Organizers start amassing prospective movies in August and a jury of nine local bike and film dignitaries reviews the pool to select a final collection.
This year, 40 movies have been curated into four distinct programs that will play in eight showtimes – which means you have plenty of opportunities to get to the theater.
You can sit at home alone – all year long – and watch bike movies on your computer, but the stellar collection Filmed by Bike brings to the screen is worth seeing in person. And nothing quite compares to being in a packed theater with hundreds of other bike enthusiasts getting inspired, excited and quite likely laughing like crazy.
OPENING NIGHT STREET FEST
Filmed by Bike is more than just movies in the theater, the festival celebrates bikes and the coming of summer by taking the party into the street for the New Belgium Street Fest that happens in front of the theater. The event is all ages and free.
- Beer garden and food.
- A pedal-powered stage.
- Entertainment all day long.
- Love Bomb Go Go (marching band).
- DJ Anjali + The Incredible Kid (Bollywood/Bhangra beats).
- Gigantic Bike Parking Arena from Laughing Planet Cafe.
- Bike Confessional storytelling booth from Crank my Chain.
- Photo booth.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Filmed by Bike’s specialty is short bike movies. That means the festival has a fast pace to it that packs in a ton of movies in a short period of time. These pieces offer a glimpse into bike culture from around the world.
The films vary in styles, from pieces that document monumental races to scripted out love stories, dance videos and everything in between. As we’ve noted before, bike touring is on the rise, and this is evident even at Filmed by Bike. The organizers say they had their work cut out for them in whittling down the submitted travel videos to a selection of the very strongest pieces.
NEW – ALL AGES
While the organizers won’t dub the festival necessarily family friendly, the screenings are all age meaning you can bring the entire family. There is a limited amount of nudity (most notably in the documentary on the World Naked Ride), profanity and portrayals of a general raucous lifestyle.
TIPS FOR ATTENDING
If you plan to attend two screenings or more, the Festival Pass is the way to go. The pass is $25 and includes a complimentary DVD. Once you have a pass, you can come and go from the theater as you please. Festival Passes are sold online or at the box office.
Buy your tickets in advance online. No shows will sell out before the box office opens thanks to Filmed by Bike’s policy of “rewarding slackers” and reserving half the tickets for box office sales. But once the box office opens, those tickets will go fast.
It can seem initially overwhelming to review the schedule with so many options, so here’s our summary:
BICYCLE DREAMS [view program] – Sun 7pm, Tue 7pm
A creative mix of bicycle stories.
INTERNATIONAL EXTENDED PLAY [view program] – Sun 9pm
Filmed by Bike specializes in short bike movies, but tonight they’re breaking their own rules with this impressive program featuring a collection of “longer” international movies.
TRIUMPH [view program] – Sat 5pm, Sun 5pm, Tue 9pm
Amazing feats and bike adventure.
BIKE PARTY [view program] – Sat 7pm + 9pm
A special raucous program for Opening Night.
Filmed by Bike runs April 20-23 at the Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. in Portland [map].
Tickets to all shows are $10.
The New Belgium Street Fest is Saturday, April 20 from 3:00-9:00pm in front of the theater.