Filmmaker Spotlight: Nix Brothers

Evan and Adam Nix, known as The Nix Brothers, are filmmakers and bicycle enthusiasts based in Denver, Colorado. Along with songwriter/actor, Randy Washington, they created one of the most popular videos of our 2011 festival, All You Haters (Suck My Balls).

Assisted by Auto-Tune and often dancing in front of intentionally shoddy, green-screen-assisted backgrounds, the video’s star, played by Washington, musically explains the trials of being a hated-on hipster cyclist. “The general position the song takes is supposed to both embrace and be self-deprecating about the whole hipster ideology. If you’re sensitive about being called a hipster … that makes you too concerned with image and therefore a hipster,” explains Evan. “We just think people should spend less time worrying about all of that nonsense and just go ride bikes.”

Evan, Adam and Randy continue to churn out great work to this day. The three of them perform in the faux-German parody disco group Total Ghost, for which they’ve produced a number of music videos. They also produce web comedies with various Denver comedians. To see more of their work, visit their website.

We just received The Loaded Warrior, in the mail. The piece begin with a fabulously written narrative. “In the sip of a pint, he lost everything.”

Filmmaker Joe Broemmel heard about Filmed by Bike from the flyers we put around San Francisco on our ambassadorial visit in October. We’re so glad to see that our posters, stickers and flyers are being seen in the places we visited.

Next step is for the jury to review it, but we have a stinking suspicion they’re really going to like this rough-n-tumble piece.

Blood, Sweat and Gears: Bike Racing Movies

Cyclocross submissions will be juried specifically for the Blood, Sweat and Gears program. For more information on this new Filmed by Bike program, contact Alex Atkins [email protected].

Call for Submissions

Calling all bike movies! It’s the 10th Anniversary of Filmed by Bike and our jury is eager to review a stellar collection of bike movies.

Long before the bike was considered an occasional fashion accessory, we’ve been rocking the silver screen with an impressive array of bike-themed films from creative filmmakers around the world.

We got our start with our first screening at the now-defunct micro-theater La Palabra. We had a goal of 40 attendees and were astounded when over 80 people showed up, many buying tickets knowing they wouldn’t even be able to see the screen. The bike-powered smoothie maker pedaled away on the front patio and a new movement was born.

Bike movies are here to stay. Send in yours today.

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FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Professor Dave Shapiro

Professor Dave Shapiro is a longtime contributor to Filmed by Bike, and returns once again this year with his film “The Boy Who Cried ‘Mechanical’.” This stop-motion photography-animated short continues Dave’s series of Aesop Fables with bikes as the main stars. Dave brainstorms ideas for his movies while biking to work – an hour and a half each way. “I have lots of time to make stuff up,” he says. “I got to the point where the script was pared down to the minimum; then I wrote it out, and shot the film.” The subject matter is fitting; Professor Dave, as he’s known by friends and students, is a philosophy instructor, hence the draw to re-telling Aesop’s Fables.

Professor Dave spends about one day shooting his films with his daughter and her friend as assistants. He says it generally takes him about three days to edit and finalize the pieces. Dave plans to make more bike-themed films, “I have a few more Aesop’s fables I’d like to try; then, at some point, I want to do an animated version of Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ using bikes as the main characters.”

Professor Dave and his daughter will be on stage after the Saturday 5pm screening as a part of our Filmmaker Q+A series.

The Boy Who Cried “Mechanical” plays in the Friday Program and the Need for Speed” Program of shorts B.

The Last Bike Movie Shot on Kodachrome

Filmed by Bike audiences will have the rare opportunity to see the last bike movie shot on Kodachrome film. Kodachrome debuted in 1935 and was an instant hit as the first film to effectively, and later extremely vibrantly, render color.

The very last Kodachrome processing machine was shut down in at the end of 2010, and filmmaker Lars C. Larsen, a veteran Filmed by Bike participant, managed to get one last film made before processing was no longer available. The result is “Cyclocross on Kodachrome 40″, a gritty, gorgeous cyclocross portrait set to a killer soundtrack (as Larsen’s films always are).

“Cyclocross on Kodachrome 40″ plays during all screenings of the Friday Night Program and in the Need for Speed Program of Shorts B.

FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Ilima Considine

Crash is a charming comedy short in which two friends get into bike accidents amid lusty desires. The piece is produced by filmmaker and Sexbot band leader Ilima Considine. Ilima says her storytelling background stems from making music videos for her band and drawing comic books as a kid. She says she got the idea for Crash after learning of a mutual lust, “‘Oh yeah, those greasy fingers.’ This comment, from a straight Mormon, made me realize that I’m not the only one with a thing for bike mechanics.”

Crash has a bold set of actors (including Ilima herself) that would normally be hard to come by, but to cast the film she simply wrote a bulletin on Facebook titled “Who is willing to ride their bike straight into a tree for me?” and drafted anyone interested. The cast and crew toughed out the hurdles they encountered while filming, including Portland’s nasty weather. Although the story is set in the summer, it was shot in 30 degree weather. “In one scene, you can actually see my lips turning blue,” Ilima explains. Ilima worked to find interesting indoor locations on a budget, including some that had to be shot quickly, before the crew could be thrown out.

In the future Ilima is releasing another music video for The Sexbots, “It’s basically a 3-minute action film where I am kidnapped, tortured by dominatrices, and end up shooting my kidnapper in the head. It’s going to be awesome.” You can check out her band’s work on their website.

Crash premiers in the Bike Love: Program of Shorts C.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Filmmaker Q+A Sessions

yippee! volunteer with us Our Filmmaker Q+A sessions are powerful nights in the theater, an opportunity to get to know the creative minds behind some of Filmed by Bike’s favorite movies.

When the LCD Soundsystem remade the video for their song Drunk Girls, they chose to film it with a cadre of Portland bikers. The result is a gritty party video. Producer Kevin Sullivan will be on stage to discuss this piece, why they chose Portland, how they found the actors and how they developed the rough-and-tumble concept of an underground tall bike jousting bout.

Saturday, after the 5:00pm show:

Merritt Raitt, Kevin Sullivan (Producer), Professor Dave and his daughter, Heath Korvola

Sunday, after the 7:00pm show:

Joe Biel and Steve Bozzone, Ilima Considine, Chad Berkley

Not Too Late to Bribe the Jury

Our jury is gearing up to sit though a weekend of screening movies to determine which submissions make the cut for our 2011 festival. We like to reward them with delicious food and plenty of booze. And then there are the bribes…. It’s okay if you want to try to bribe the jury. They like booze and snacks. We’ll be sure to tell them the bribe is from you.

So, even if you’ve already submitted your movie, it’s not too late to bribe the jury. Bribes can be dropped off at our headquarters (1158 NE Morton Street) on the door step any time before 2pm on Saturday. We look forward to seeing what you bring. Oh, and this picture is of the bribes we got last night.

Click to view a larger version – and that awesome sticker.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Chad Berkley

We love to hear the backstory for submissions to our festival, and to showcase a little behind the scenes action. We’ve been interviewing filmmakers about the process they took when making a film for the Filmed by Bike festival. Chad Berkley is one of these submitters, and this week we stopped by his editing suite to talk to him about his film Remember Your First Bike, which profiles the Community Cycling Center’s, Holiday Bike Drive, an annual bicycle giveaway program.

Call for Entries: Bike-Themed Movies!

For nine strong years, Filmed by Bike has been on a hunt for the very best bike movies. In the early years, there were not a lot of movies out there. And they came to us on clunky VHS tapes, and all the hiccups that come from that outdated format.

We’ve come a long way since then, thanks to the hundreds of filmmakers who submit their movies to our festival.

The deadline for movie submissions to our 2011 festival is 1/26/2011. If you live in Portland, you may drop off your movie in person. See the call for entries page for details.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Meet the Jury


Every year we put out the call for jury ideas and we’re flooded with nominations for stellar people to be our movie selectors. This year we’ve assembled a stellar crew of nine people who will wade through endless hours of movies with a keen eye and a tumbler full of bourbon.

Let’s just get this part out of the way: Yes, you can bribe the jury. They like bourbon and other yummy stuff, too. It’s totally okay to slip a $20 in with your submission or otherwise try to sway this brazen bunch.

We’d like to cordially introduce you to the 2011 jury, a merry mix of extremely talented folks that includes Filmed by Bike’s biggest fan, a film journalist, a bike builder and a car-free filmmaker and film instructor who recently moved to Portland. We welcome aboard Heidi Swift, Nate Mescke, Aaron Mesh, Jim Anderson, Mary Nichols, Timo Forsberg, Rebecca Hamilton, Brenda Grell and Patrick Hughey.

Get to know our jury by reading more about them on the Jury Bios page.

Movie submissions are due 1/20/2011. More info >>

Filmmaker Spotlight: Mike Vogel

Oh the Places You Will Go to Film by Bike

(A poetic interpretation of one man’s adventures in filming and biking: about filmmaker Mike Vogel)


Meet Mike

     Who likes to film by bike.

But we ask would he dare

     Film by bike anywhere?


Would he film on a crane?

     Could he film in the rain?


I would film on a crane

     I would film in the rain.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


Would he film in a pick-up truck,

     All the way to Lady Luck?

Where he and his crew,

     Could get a shot of my tattoo?


Yes in a truck, to Lady Luck

I would go, to prove it so.

That I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


I bet he wouldn’t on Hawthorne Bridge,

     It’s vertically filming on a ridge.


Shy away from the bridge, I would not

     If it meant getting the perfect shot.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


He wouldn’t, he couldn’t if it were against the law.


I would and could if I thought no one saw.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


I guess it’s true, I guess it’s so

     There is not a place Mike wouldn’t go.

So the question remains, the places you will go

     In order to be in the Filmed By Bike Show.

FILMMAKER PROFILE: Carlos Maya

Drawing inspiration from drawings is not just a process exclusive to big guns such as Marvel and DC Comics, but something animator Carlos Maya has perfected for Filmed by Bike in his shorts like “Big Wheel Bounce”, a 30-second complex animated piece that showed in our 2009 festival.

I would never describe my Saturday morning cartoons as a very thoughtful effort, except perhaps to decide which sugar cereal goes best with reruns of Captain Planet. For Carlos, though, this is when the thinking cap comes on. An animator by trade, Carlos’ ten years of experience have helped prepare him to be a front runner for past Filmed by Bike festivals. His inspiration from cartoons is the fuel behind his passion. Drawing from the archives of classic School House Rock, Carlos sets forth to bring out originality, personality and something completely new through his work.

Carlos offers up this advice for all of you aspiring filmmakers: “Do what you love, even if it does not make sense.” Maybe for Carlos doing what you love means cartoons and making people laugh, but for you it could mean something different. Find out what it is that you love and start filming. We can’t wait to see.

The deadline for Filmed by Bike submissions 1/20/2011 and you can learn more at our Best of the Worst (What not to do) event on November 6th. Details here >>

THE BEST OF THE WORST (what not to do) Nov. 6

Best of the Worst, Nov. 6What makes a great Filmed by Bike movie? Find out by watching the worst ever festival submissions at The Best of the Worst (what not to do) on November 6th at The Art Department (1315 SE 9th, at Madison). The event is an ongoing program of submissions rejected by the jury. Painful? Likely. Hilarious? Yes. Terribly awesome? Most definitely.

There will be a bar, food, filmmaker mini-talks and a jury opinion panel. This event marks the opening of our Call for Entries season. We will also be unveiling the fresh 2011 festival trailer by Daniel Hill.

The Best of the Worst (what not to do) is an ongoing looped program from 8:00-10:30p, so you may arrive at any time. Entrants will receive a wristband to come and go freely throughout the night.

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Summertime is Great Shootingtime

Summertime! What a great time to be out shooting your next bike movie for Filmed by Bike. Deadline for entries is 1/20/2011. Sure, you’ve got plenty of time to get that piece together, but nothing ruins a shooting session more than a downpour of rain, something not likely to happen at this time of year (depending on where you live).

So grab your camera and head on out to document your fun summertime adventures or put to work on earnest shooting effort that will afford you plenty of time to edit down your awesome piece for next year’s festival.

Good luck and happy summertime bike adventures from all of us on Team Filmed by Bike!

Filmmaker Profile: Lars C. Larsen

Filmed by Bike - Every April - Come watch bike movies!In Portland, the name Lars Larsen may ring a bell – of alarm: the conservative talk show host (Larson) is well known for giving bikers a hard time. But there’s another Lars in town who is fighting more for good than evil: Lars C. Larsen. This Lars is a Portland based filmmaker who has been involved with Filmed by Bike for four years now. With his films, Lars brings a creative approach to the festival, such as the ultra-short 2009 Speed Kills that was shot with a cool vintage effect.

Lars’s films have appeared in the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Caucophany Film Festival, at San Francisco Film Arts, the Humboldt International Film Festival and now for the fourth time at Filmed By Bike. Lars is currently working on the TNT drama series Leverage and he has previously worked on Coraline, The Hunted, and several TV and film productions shot in and around Portland.

Lars’s most recent film Go! Paperboy! will show in Program 1. Program details >>

Bike Movies are Rolling In

Get your movie in!The deadline for submissions for the 8th Annual Filmed by Bike is February 15, 2010. That means submissions are rolling in and our mailbox is overflowing. It’s nice to think about films that were envisioned, filmed, edited and finalized a while ago, giving the filmmaker ample time to meet the deadline. But the reality is that many filmmakers are still working on the final touches.

So we thought we’d take a moment to cheer you on. If you were in the room with us, we’d bring out our team of cheerleaders on bikes. Best of luck! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Call for Entries – Get ON it!

Calling all filmmakers!

You’ve got just a little more time to submit your entries to the 2009 festival. Submissions are limited to eight minutes so wrap it up, drop it in the mail and get ‘er on over to us.

Our esteemed jury will select the final program of movies to be screened April 17-23 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Filmmaker Profie: Oliver Ogden

Filmmaker Oliver Ogden first heard about Filmed by Bike by seeing posters up at some of his favorite haunts. He was quickly inspired to work on a movie, and set about brainstorming ideas. “As a filmmaker and bike enthusiast,” he says, “I didn’t want to pass this opportunity to brush elbows with like minded Portlanders.”

One night, unable to sleep and continuously thinking of movie ideas, Ogden was struck with nostalgia for the fond memories of his youth, and he came up with the concept for Derailed, which will debut at this year’s Filmed by Bike. “The question arose,” he says, “can someone return to those idyllic carefree times while being weighed down by life’s trivialities?”

To find out Ogden’s take on that question, you’ll have to come see Derailed, which is part of the Pump it Up program. Showings: Fri 7,9 // Sat 5 // Sun 7,9