Seeking PAID Performers!

The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike features the world’s best bike movies with a huge film festival in Portland, Oregon every May, then Filmed by Bike On Tour takes our movie collections all over the world to build bike community and inspire people to ride.

Perform for a Huge Street Party Crowd!

Filmed by Bike is an amazing arts and culture event for Portland. Our Opening Night Street Party is a celebration of Portland’s diverse creativity. We love bringing exciting entertainment to our Main Stage outside.

Celebrate True Portland Creativity

The nation is going through hard times. Portland is going through hard times. It’s important for us to come together as a community and to celebrate community trough the arts.

Now more than ever, we’re working hard to line a diverse array of entertainers who exemplify what it makes to be creatively awesome in Portland.


  • Apply with our form and we’ll be in touch by mid April
  • We’re looking for acts that are upbeat and interesting
  • Must be relevant for a Friday night outdoor party
  • We are a not-for-profit endeavor, and as such as have a very small budget.
  • We offer year-round marketing for your act – we’ll promote upcoming shows, etc. to our engaged fanbase.

Types of Entertainment

We’re open to a wide variety of performance types, but bands with a full band set up that includes sound checks and amplification generally don’t work for our space/timeframe.

  • Live painting artists
  • DJs
  • Step dancers
  • Dance troupes
  • Marching bands
  • Bgirls and Bboys
  • Doubledutchers
  • Burlesque
    + More!

More Info

Contact Cory McMahon, Festival Assistant:


Use this form to apply to help us get a better understanding of who you are.

Promote Filmed by Bike!

Postering is one of the most important ways we showcase our poster and showcase Filmed by Bike to a broad audience who may not know about the festival. This is an extremely important role and we’d love to have your support!

Spend a Day Around Town!

Poster2017MikeKingSMGet your volunteering tackled early so when the big event comes you’re free to party. We’re looking for just a few volunteers to help put up posters around town to promote Filmed by Bike.

This is a fun, easy position. Select your neighborhood, load up your bag then head out for a day of fun on two wheels (or drive, we don’t judge!). It’s a cool way to explore Portland, maybe even select a neighborhood you want to get to know better! Stop for coffee, grab a doughnut, hit up the food carts and window shop as you go.

Sign Up Now!

How Postering Works

  1. Go to the sign up page and choose the Postering position.
  2. Select the neighborhood you want to cruise around
  3. Cory will send you a list of locations to visit in that neighborhood*
  4. You can pick up posters at our Headquarters – 1158 NE Morton Street. Rain or shine, day or night – they’ll be outside waiting for you.
  5. You will visit those locations, and add in new locations – this is a huge part of the project as new awesome places are popping up all the time*
  6. You send your list to Cory to show what happened at each location
  7. Once Cory reviews your completed list, she will send you a code to get into Filmed by Bike for free!
  8. Tell all your friends about Filmed by Bike and rally your festival posse
  9. Come join us at the festival!

* Our lists have been carefully curated over the years to include the best locations with high visibility.

Important notes

  • This is a fun tradition we’ve been doing since the early days of Filmed by Bike. We’ve visited some of these places for 12 years! Thank you for being on our team for this – it means a lot to us!
  • Please bring your own tape and pins.
  • No need to talk with people at each shop. The lists are set up with locations you can simply walk into and put up a poster. If you feel more comfortable getting permission, you can, but it’s not necessary unless otherwise noted on your list.
  • Please do not discuss the details of the festival. It’s complex and we don’t want you to get stuck answering a million questions, that would take too long. You can simply say, “I’m helping with the posters so I don’t have all the answers, but the website has all the info you’ll need or you can give the festival a call.” We also don’t want you to get caught answering a question you may not know the answer to, or for something that has changed (a lot has changed this year in exciting ways.)
  • Keep your notes really clear – that’s how you earn your free entry to Filmed by Bike and it’s what we’ll use for the same neighborhood next year.
  • Don’t forget to put your new locations in geographic order, we’ll need those in order to grant your free ticket.

About This Year’s Poster

Mike King has made more rock and roll posters than anyone in America, and now he has also designed a Filmed by Bike poster.

His new book Maximum Plunder features 1,000 pieces of his work over the years. Too bad the book was compiled before our poster was released!

The poster was printed by the amazing folks at Stumptown Printers using an offset (not digital) process on ancient monolithic machines with soul.

You’ll have so much fun bringing this incredible poster around town.

Watch the Video About Mike’s Work

Accepted Films, 2017

Announcing Our 2017 Official Selections

Congratulations! The following filmmakers films have been accepted into Filmed by Bike for 2017.

Filmmaker Next Steps

  1. Share the love! Show for fans and followers on social media that your film is one of the best, we’re @filmedbybike on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Deliver your digital file to films manager Guthrie Straw by March 1st 2017 for additional information on delivery please see our FAQ .
  3. Consider joining us! Your filmmaker acceptance email contains instructions for making an appearance at this years festival in style, we’d love to have you.
  4. Check out our Filmmaker Resource Page (It’s updated frequently and contains all the info you’ll need for attending the festival).

If you have any questions please contact our films manager Guthrie at

Accepted Films

Please note, all films now shown at Hollywood Theatre, Saturday showings have been moved to 6PM and 8PM respectively. Sunday showings have been moved to 5:30 and 7:30PM respectively. 

5:00 AM Sam Needham Great Britain Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
2016 Gorge Roubaix Dronescape US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
8bar Neukln v1 – steel is real Rick Schubert Germany Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
A Girl Needs A Bike Letitia Lamb & Vivien Mason Australia Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
A Granite State Ride Sean Collins US Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
A Way Forward Pedal Born Pictures – Isaac and Jacob Seigel-Boettner US Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
All I Want for Christmas Tina Lagler & Blaž Miklič // OSM films Slovenia Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Beulah Luke Francis, Brother Cycles & Pannier Great Britain Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Bicycle Seismographs Niklas Roy, Kati Hyyppä Germany Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Biking The World Ena Bavcic Bosnia and Herzegovina Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Closer Than We Know Stephen Spurlock, Jeff Kennel, Travis Whitty, Mike Palzkill and Keenan Hock US Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Cycle Jovan Harmuth, Ian Nolan, Dustin Lange Canada Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
cycles Erin Kim US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Cycologic STÅLHAMMAR Sweeden Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Dada | The Malagasy Trialist Felix Le Blanc France Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Dame mit Hund (Walk the dog) Sonja Rohleder Germany Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Dean Dickinson in The Dirty Sniff Bone Deth Bikes, Sean Burns, and Dean Dickinson US Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Dirty Sellwood: You’re Never Gonna Make It Manny Marquez US Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Dust Lust Tina Lagler & Blaž Miklič // OSM films Slovenia Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Eat Some Food, Ride Your Bike Giles Perkins Great Britain Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Erykah Badu – Black Bikes Matter Erykah Badu & City Bicycle Company US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Every Week Is Awesome EWIA PRODUCTION Slovakia Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Five Days on Kokopelli Trail Dwayne Burgess US Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Flashes of the Altai Joey Schusler US Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
For Thousands of Miles (Official Trailer) Erica Hampton US Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Gathering Storm : The Bikes & Wilderness Story Union Production Co. Canada Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Gentrification is Weird! – The Ride Sika Stanton, Austyn Farrell, Chris Serra US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Get Some Fresh Air 200k Jay Ritchey US Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Giro d’Italia – Ciao Bambino Onesal Japan Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Glady-ators Cross Crusades Amanda New US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Hack Bike Derby The Bicycle Academy Great Britain Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Hunters Get Deer From the Woods on a Bicycle Michael Hehner and Chris Johnson US Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Journey On The Pedals Nick Wambugu Kenya Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Joy Rodney Fuentes Canada Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Kraynick’s Bike Shop Bryan Heller US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
L’Astuce Vin. Matthew J Nemer US Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
La Vuelta Onesal Japan Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Light Cycles Mike Gamble Canada Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Los Andes en bici. Paso Socompa Nacion Salvaje Argentina Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Mantra Michael Berge US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Maurice Burton – The Cyclist Richie Georgie – Richard Round-Turner and George Daniell Great Britain Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Mr Right Bike Elaine Wong US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
My Own Private Idaho Francis Delapena US Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
My Ride Jessie Ayles Great Britain Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
National High Five Day 2016 Kevin Neidorf US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
No More Limits | Jimmy the Handcyclist Objekt Films Great Britain Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
On Your Mind Yulia Nemova Russia Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Pedal It Forward Catjia Rehkamp US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Portrait of my grandfather : 80 and still cycling Florent Piovesan Australia Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Race Across America Lorenz Wetscher, Julian Leupold Germany Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Red Hook Crit Milano 2016 Ciprian Ciocoiu Romania Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Revolutions Jessie Ayles Great Britain Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Ride for Korah Locke + Stache Media US Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Right Foot First: Neil MacGillivray Jack Willison / Dropshack Great Britain Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Scratching the Earth Aaron Peterson US Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
Tallest Race on Two Wheels Josh Davidsburg, Stewie Mullen, George Stewart Jr. US Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Teppei Nasty Iwabuchi Fukuoka 2016 Seitaro Iki Japan Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
The Bicycle Maker Bidit Roy India Sunday, May 7, 5:30pm Hollywood Theatre
The Bikes of Wrath – Extended Trailer Cameron Ford, Charlie Turnbull, Lizzette Atkins Australia Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
The Gaman Spirit: Why Cycling Works in Tokyo Joe Baur, Streetfilms, Clarence Eckerson Jr. US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
The Last Ride Ryan Van Duzer US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
The Mam Nick Hill Climb Brendon Tyree Great Britain Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
The Rise of Doom Louis Lhomel Canada Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
The world Naked Bike Ride Jiaqi wang Great Britain Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Third Wheel Outdoor Gear Exchange US Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
To Know How Much Love Gabriel James / Ghost Village Films US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Toer Jasmijn Cedee Belgium Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Tourment Treat Studios Great Britain Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Tune Up — Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Cafe Benjamin Wilson US Saturday, May 6, 6pm Hollywood Theatre
Velo Visionaries – Alicia Tapia Kristin Tieche US Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre
Voice Notes – A Tandem Ride with Horst A. Friedrichs. Montenegro & Lafont Spain Friday, May 5, 9pm Hollywood Theatre
Wild Trails EWIA Production Slovakia Saturday, May 6, 8pm Hollywood Theatre
The Secret Truth of the Universe Sai Selvarajan US Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm Hollywood Theatre
Pedal To Peaks | Norway Brody Leven US Friday, May 5, 7pm Hollywood Theatre

About the Venue

Filmed by Bike screens at the Historic Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre

The Hollywood Theatre is a renovated historic theater near Downtown Portland. The theater seats 300.

Festival Assistant Internship (paid)


Filmed by Bike is inspiring a culture where cycling is woven seamlessly into everyday life. Be a part of this incredible movement by joining our team as our Festival Assistant, a fun and rewarding role.


The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike is a film festival showcasing the world’s best bicycle movies. We host a large-scale festival in Portland every spring, and our movie programs are screened around the world. Film submissions come from all over the globe.

Our next festival is May 5-7, 2017 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. It’s a very exciting year as we’ll be celebrating our 15th Anniversary.

The Festival Assistant is responsible for many important projects that go into making this festival amazing. We rely on input from our interns to help keep our festival fresh every year. Built into this position is a lot of creative freedom and the opportunity to learn and refine your skills along the way. Our ideal candidate knows that many varied details go into making an event successful and will embrace the workload to help put on a good show.

The Festival Assistant will report directly to the Festival Director.

We are a streamlined, creative event. If you enjoy working with a team of efficient people who are involved for an altruistic, true love of the festival, you will fit right in.


Roughly 5-10 hours a week from mid December through mid May with additional hours directly before and during the festival. We meet just a few times in that period. At times there is very little work to accomplish; at other times the position is busy and deadlines are imperative. It is up to the Festival Assistant to manage this schedule with limited oversight, but plenty of support is always available from the team.


We enjoy giving our interns an opportunity to flourish in this role. We look forward to learning more about your interests, talents and passions and finding ways for your skills to contribute to the festival.


We are an extremely positive, supportive work team. We work very hard and are fully dedicated to the festival. We work from home and have regularly scheduled staff meetings. We use Google Docs for file management, Dropbox for film storage and Vimeo for video display. We all work extremely independently with very little oversight, though support is always available when there are questions or roadblocks.


Filmed by Bike is entering it’s 15th year presenting the world’s best bike movies. Beyond being a film festival, we are a creative, well executed event. We are dedicated to excellent event production and we bring in a team of the best. You will leave this position with a unique understanding of some of the best event management practices that exist.

We are also blazing a path in the world of bike advocacy by offering a modern tool for bike advocates to add to their toolkit: an out-of-the-box bike movie night. Our movie collections are seen around the world as a way to motivate more people to ride.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS – Skills, Equipment and Characteristics

* Driven toward success and a desire to do a great job.
* Ability to devise creative approaches to complex situations.
* Cool under pressure
* Friendly, positive, personable, works well with the public.
* Communications oriented – can do a good job of representing the festival to a wide variety of people in writing and in person.
* Ability to explain complex information in a clear, concise fashion.
* Works independently with thorough initial instruction but limited oversight after that.
* Thorough with detailed projects, doesn’t mind the occasional office tasks.
* Knows how to set project priorities and ask questions to stay on track.
* Ability to balance Filmed by Bike workload with other life commitments.
* Ability to work well with volunteers, provide clear instruction and efficiently support them as they donate their time to our organization. The volunteer work must help alleviate the workload, not create more work. It is up to the person in this position to make that happen effectively.


* Creative, eager to brainstorm new ideas for the festival.
* Desire to hone your skills by contributing to our festival.
* Excellent correspondence etiquette and a dedication to well composed email messages.
* Hustle. Ability to work a sale, close the deal and have fun doing it.
* Event management experience.
* Remote working experience or positions where you’ve worked with limited oversight.


* Work with volunteers on specialty projects.
* Recruit volunteers for the festival


* Assistance with projects related to the execution of our festival in Portland.
* Working during the festival on opening night and other days of the festival.

AD SALES – 15%

We offer the opportunity for local businesses to support the festival by purchasing an on-screen ad.
* Sell on-screen advertising to local businesses.
* Secure ad artwork.
* Bill clients and ensure payment is received.


Watch bike movie submissions before anyone else!
* Help with the set up of our Jury Screening in January.
* Greet Jurors and make them feel welcome.


* Promote Filmed by Bike to area groups and clubs.
* Attend a few special events to promote Filmed by Bike.
* Help distribute our posters around town, with the support of a team of volunteers you will oversee.


The Filmed by Bike Speed Raffle is a wildly fun aspect of our opening night – one that attendees look forward to every year as we raffle off $2,000+ in high quality prizes.

In this position, you will be responsible for securing prizes, but you will not have to run the raffle. We have an experienced team of supporters who make that aspect happen.

We have a wealthy of generous prize donors from over the years and recruiting prizes is not a difficult task.

* Recruit prizes.
* Pick up prizes.
* Thank donors.


* Other projects will arise.


This is a paid internship. A total sum of $1,000 will be awarded in two installments ($500 each) upon successful completion of the work.

Staff perks include free entry to the festival, networking opportunities, learning on the job and the opportunity to work with filmmakers.


Send the following to by the deadline listed above:
* Resume
* Cover letter that addresses why you want this job and why you would be really good at it

2017 Festival

The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike is May 5-7 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Our team is hard at work curating an impressive collection of films to dazzle and delight.

December 1 – Jury nominations are due
January 20 – Film deadline
March 1 – Tickets go on sale

Filmmaker Spotlight: Joey Schusler

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Joey Schusler is an adventurer extraordinaire who also creates gorgeous films about his journeys. In his early 20’s he realized his bike could be more than simply a thrill-seeking tool for racing the clock, it could also be a tool for adventure and getting an personal view of the world.

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Devansh Mathur

Gotya | Devansh Mathur

“Gotya” is an intriguing bike-themed film set in India. We spent some time talking with filmmaker Devansh Mathur about the making of this complex piece.

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Dwayne Burgess

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Dwayne Burgess says it was Ron Fricke’s “Koyaanisqatsi” that really paved the way for him as a filmmaker. “My first film was born out of the pure desire to challenge myself to create moving image with a digital camera, push every aspect of my knowledge and technical artistry using time lapse photography.”

Dwayne is excited to have two pieces in this year’s festival. “The Spring in the Catskill Mountains video is about flow and interconnection. The music, sound and visuals all work together. It wasn’t just about the traveling, it was more about capturing amazing imagery and the sonic sounds immersed in that that particular location, which in turn dictates what the film will become in it’s entirety.”

Dwayne traveled across country on his bike and documented the journey in his film “East To West” which was shown at the 2015 Filmed by Bike. Dwayne says he thinks about that trip all the time. “It was my first big tour and introduction to bicycle touring if you will. It gave me the opportunity to give back to people by sharing my stories, video work and photography. More importantly talking to people about it such as my friends and family.”

Having a film in the festival gave Dwayne a good excuse to visit Portland, and he says he’s excited to return this year for more city exploration. “I love Portland! Much like New York City, Portland is very eclectic. There are so many slices of culture from the street food carts, coffee shops, donuts, beer and of course bikes. This year we plan to stay a bit longer and dive into different areas of the city.”

“Spring in the Catskill Mountains” shows Saturday at 6pm, and “Pagoda” plays in the Sunday VIP screenings at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. These screenings are an exclusive opportunity for VIP Festival Pass holders. Purchase your VIP pass when buying festival tickets.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Ryan Van Duzer


Ryan Van Duzer describes himself as a tree-hugging hipping boy from Boulder who has never owned a car.

“When I was a wee little boy. My first bike meant freedom, it meant the ability to get past the confines of my neighborhood, and most of all, it meant FUN! – and still does.”

This is the second time Ryan will have a film featured at Filmed by Bike, and he says he loves being part of the festival. “This festival has created an amazing community and I’m proud to be part of it. I’m also a big bicycle advocate and love inspiring people to ride, and I’ve found that my silly little videos reach a lot of people.”

Early on, Ryan realized the power his films could have to inspire others. After serving in the Peach Corps in 2005, Ryan rode his bike from Honduras to Boulder and documented the journey. “That content inspired a lot of people,” he says, “It got me really excited about sharing all my two-wheeled adventures. People look to video and film for inspiration and education, and it’s fun to provide a spark in people’s lives.”

Ryan takes a very serious yet lighthearted approach to all of his work. “Making viewers laugh or smile or feel warm inside is really the key to winning them over.”

Ryan’s film “Why I Love Riding” plays in the Sunday VIP screenings at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. These screenings are an exclusive opportunity for VIP Festival Pass holders. Purchase your VIP pass when buying festival tickets.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Damian Ineichen


Damian Ineichen says he loves to capture adventures with friends, and for him film is the best way to do that.

Adventure comes easily to this Swiss filmmaker – he can hop on a train from central Switzerland and be in the Alps by evening time. “Public transport is very good in Switzerland and in most cases you can take your bike with you. For us, it’s the perfect way to get access to all the trails in the Alps.” He and his fellow adventurers like to bring little more than their sleeping bags. They spend the night outside on top of the mountain, then ride down an epic trail the next day.

The only problem, Damian says, is that sleeping in their bags outside is so cozy that they often sleep late and have to hurry back to ensure they can catch the train on time.

Damian got his start documenting adventures early on. “My parents have used to take me and my brother to the mountains from a young age on. I’ve always liked to take pictures of our trips and I would make my younger brother do stunts for me. When we had the first digital camera, we also started filming it, that’s when I started to film the journeys.”

From the early days until now, Damian has been hard at work creating gorgeous films that reflect his adventures.

“I really like being outside and try to capture the perfect picture. But it costs me quite an effort to sit on my computer and edit a film. That’s why I have terabytes of unused footage on my hard drive, waiting to be edited.”

And we can’t wait to see what Damian shares with us next.

Damian has three films showing in this year’s festival film. “Rookie” shows Friday at 7pm, and “Gibidum” and “FAT 5” show during our Adventure Night program Saturday at 8pm.
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All Aboard!

Coming to the Filmed by Bike film festival from out of town? Ride Amtrak! Amtrak, hosts of our Main Stage on opening night, has plenty of room for bikes, so hop on the train and bring your bike along for the easiest possible trip to Portland. Once you’re in Portland, it’s easy to get around by bike, explore the city and soak it all in like a local. The city has a wealth of bike friendly routes that will easily take you all over the city making it simple to navigate your way.

Stop by any local bike shop or the Portland Visitor’s Center near the train station to pick up a copy of a free map of the region that helps you find the safest and most direct routes for getting to your destination.

The Amtrak Cascades line requires an advance reservation for bikes, so book your ticket early to secure a spot for you and your bike. It’s easy to get your bike on the train and an Amtrak employee will help you load your bike. With many food and drink options and things to see and do along the route, you will have an exciting trip to a vibrant city!

You can read more about bringing your bike on Amtrak on their website.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Alastair Humphreys

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Alastair Humphreys was once named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and is a sought after inspirational speaker and a best-selling author. His expeditions are a call to arms: “Nothing,” he proclaims, “is achieved without someone being bold enough to begin it and taking that first step” – which needs only be a tiny one to “set us on the way to realizing that we are all capable of more than we imagine.”

Alastair has spent years tackling adventures that are what he calls “simple but not easy, and values the crucial difference between those two words.”

A few years ago, Alastair transitioned from photographing his trips to filming them: “I did this to try to reach a bigger, newer online audience,” he explains. It was a “pragmatic choice, but now I love filming.”

Alastair credits the invention of the DSLR with inspiring his foray into filmmaking. A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, instead of photographic film. Better ones also include high definition video. The possibilities of the DSLR amazed him, but then when YouTube came along he was suddenly motivated to “jump in and learn how to film.”

In addition to a prolific catalog of films on adventure travel, the life-long adventurer is also the author of Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes, and the forthcoming Grand Adventures.

How does Alastair keep it fresh from one film to the next? “I just go out and film something that really excites me,” he explains. Alastair doesn’t really think about how many other people will watch his films, and he doesn’t care. “I just do something that means a lot to me.”

It turns out that authenticity appeals to a lot of people. 

Alastair says he had no script when he began filming his Film by Bike submission, “Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights.” He just filmed everything and then came home and crafted it into a story.

Alastair says that for him the films evolve through the creative process and sometimes most dramatically when he is editing. “It’s often really hard to reconcile the difference between what I desire and what I achieved. I just stuck all the shots together in an order that looked pretty, wrote a script, recorded it just once, and that was it. It all just worked—for once!”

Alastair’s film “Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights” plays in the Adventure Night program, Saturday May 7 at 8:00pm.
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