Courtney Herman

Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State

Courtney believes that well made films reveal something essential about the human condition and what it’s like to be a little person spinning around on this planet.

Though Courtney says she really loves being a teacher, she has plenty of interests outside of work, including hiking, biking, car touring, camping, coaching youth soccer and following college and professional sports.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“Biking is an important part of our culture in Portland and it is nice to be able to honor that culture in a way that intersects with my interest in film.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Milk Duds

AFFILIATIONS
Portland State Film

Manny Marquez

Filmmaker

Manny says he has been in love with filmmaking and storytelling since I was a child watching Star Trek reruns in rural Oklahoma. “You could turn on the TV, and you would transported to a world unlike your own.”

“When I come up with an idea or find an interesting subject for a documentary, that’s what gets my engine cranking! Just last year, I was standing in the middle of the jungle of a Filipino village, 105 degrees and dripping with sweat. With my camera in my hand, I thought to myself, ‘This is what it’s all about.'”

Though Manny is a bike racer and frequent rider these days, it wasn’t always that way. In 2009 he was sent on assignment to document the Tour de France. Intently watching the racers through his lens, he grew to appreciate, and eventually fall in love with, the sport.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“Having one of my films screened at Filmed by Bike was one of the most enjoyable festival experiences I’ve ever had. To be able to help choose what movies come to the screen, is a great honor!”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Beer

AFFILIATIONS
Dirty Fingers Bike Shop

Dean Dickerson

Filmmaker

Dean certainly knows what a bike loving audience wants to see in bike films. His 2015 film “Dea-Nee’s Big Adventure” featured a Pee-wee Herman character pulling hot BMX tricks, and our crowd went wild for it.

When he’s not busy riding empty pools, he is a skateboarding advocate who coordinates fundraising events and works on the development of (bike friendly) skate parks.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“It will be a good opportunity to see what other cyclists are doing these days across the globe”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK

Gummies of all kinds, lots of popcorn and anything with a crunch.

AFFILIATIONS

Bone Deth (BMX) bikes, Etnies Flow, and Team Shralp.

David Williams

Co-producer, The Moth PDX + Nutcase Helmets

David believes well produced films bring all elements of storytelling together to transport us into a different world. “And that new world can change you,” he adds, “if you let it.”

When he’s not busy on stage acting or producing The Moth Story Hour, he likes running triathlons, photography, storytelling, movies, cooking, travel and vast open spaces.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“Filmed by Bike combines two of my very favorite things: Cycling and storytelling. And if I can help bring to light a story that should be shared, I am honored to do so.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Popcorn

AFFILIATIONS
Screen Actors Guild, Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominating Committee, Team In Training.

Üma Kleppinger

Creative Director

Uma believes film is visual storytelling. “And I love storytelling because it has the power to change people’s minds, touch their hearts, and change the world.”

When she’s not busy building her storytelling platform ImposterSociety.com, Üma can be find shredding trail on her mt. bike. an avid mt. biker. She is also, in her words, “an insufferable foodie.”

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“I started my professional career in media studies with an emphasis on film design. While in school I worked as a bike messenger. I have experienced first-hand how cycling can transform a life and I am really honored to have been selected for the jury.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Popcorn and a hoppy IPA.

AFFILIATIONS
AIGA, and American Marketing Association, many writers’ guilds.

Teresa Feldman

Bike Polo

Teresa believes that movies can move us, “They force us to rethink our values/beliefs, transport us to an entirely new universe; movies have an amazing power.”

She also believes that biking allows us to be more connected to the world as we move through it. “You can clearly see all of the things around you, you can stop to fully take in the wonder and awe of the environment, you set the pace and are in control over the situation.”

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“It will be such an amazing unique experience that ties together two of my interests.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Kettlecorn

AFFILIATIONS
Portland Hardcourt Bike Polo

Scott Potomi

Bike Enthusiast

Scott believes film has the ability to allow people to leave their current state of mind and catch a glimpse into something they may have not thought about or experienced before. “It also allows the filmmakers to share their views on the world, he adds.”

Scott is intrigued by the finer points in life: old wooden blimps, the seven-mile deep hole in Russia, abandoned cruise ships and understanding how things work.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“I get to watch over 100 bicycle related films! And be a part of something I’ve appreciated so much in the past.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Pizza

Pete Abram

Polo Player

Pete believes the best films are those that hypnotize you and make you forget the real world exists. “I love when you completely and thoroughly fall into the story and come to know the characters better than you know some of those closest to you.”

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“I’ve been a film lover and a bike fanatic since a young age and now I’m finally getting to combine them in an official capacity.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
Popcorn

AFFILIATIONS
Portland Hardcourt Bike Polo, Community Cycling Center

Sherri Rohlf

Ride Leader

Sherri is drawn to cycling because it forces one to simply be in the moment: focused and aware of surroundings,”which seem like rarity these days,” she says, “with our constant pressure to multitask.”

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO JOIN THE JURY
“I am excited to be on the jury to watch all of the amazing films submitted to this film festival – even those that don’t make the cut.”

FAVORITE MOVIE SNACK
My favorite movie watching snack is coconut lemon saffron vegan ice cream from Fifty Licks.

AFFILIATIONS
Sorella Forte Women’s Cycling Club, Ride Leader Coordinator for the River City Bicycles Women’s Saturday Intermediate Road Rides

Alexis Gabriel

Communications and Community Engagement Manager for Portland Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a monthly event that provides a car-free network of city streets. In this role, Alexis creates opportunities for people to walk, bike and use public transit.

Beyond her busy day job, Alexis is actively involved with many other projects. She is a co-producer of the podcast Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This? and a member of the Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board.

Alexis’ hidden talent is being able to rock karaoke in both English and Japanese.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I love bikes and film!”

Scott Ballard

Freelance Filmmaker & Director of Photography

Scott is a Portland-based filmmaker and co-founder of the Great Notion Filmmakers Collective, a network and distribution platform for award-winning filmmakers.

In 2015 Scott released his third feature film, Death on a Rock, which has currently won five awards and four additional nominations at the 12 festivals where it was shown.

In addition to all this film vigilance, Scott is also extremely good at shucking oysters.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“It’ll be fun to see all the creative interpretations that would bring one to submit their film to the festival.”

Meg Keys

Bookkeeper, Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Meg is a specialty juror who won her coveted spot at Cranksgiving, an event that challenges cyclists to circle the city while collecting food for people in need.

When she’s not busy having fun on her bike, Meg is also a creative piñata maker who runs Llave Designs.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I like films, I love bikes and I am a big fan of combinations.”

Shawn Small

Owner and Chief Engineer, Ruckus Composites

Ruckus specializes in the repair and customization of carbon fiber bicycles and Shawn specializing in having fun on two wheels.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
Sounds like a fun opportunity.

Randy Wakerlin

Animator and Co-Owner of Solmate Socks

We know Randy’s going to be a fun addition to the Filmed by Bike jury as his company specializes in mis-matched socks with funky patterns and bright colors.

For many years Randy worked in animation in Portland. Last Halloween, he and his five-year-old daughter created a rear projected shadow puppet theater on the front window of his house.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
Randy says he’s excited to be on the Filmed by Bike jury for the free snacks, but that’s not all: “I love attending the festival as an audience member so being on the jury is like watching the Criterion version of the festival. Every film submitted has something interesting to see even if it doesn’t make the final cut”.

Aaron Flores

Co-Host, Sprocket Podcast

Aaron’s podcast covers simple living, transit and bikes and in his free time Aaron says he packs in as much bike shenanigans as his schedule will allow.

In 2016 Aaron will be exploring new horizons, a journey he says he’s really looking forward to. He wouldn’t mind it if his job title were Secretary of Tomfoolery.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I’ve been a Filmed by Bike fan since I moved to Portland. I never thought I’d be let ‘behind the curtain,’ so to speak. It is quite a privilege.”

Lori Sills

Tax and Estate Planning Attorney

Besides doing what she calls “the devil is in the details” work by day, Lori is an active contributor to the vibrancy of Portland’s bike culture.

Lori is a board member of Umbrella, a the fiscal sponsorship organization that supports many Portland bike events. She leads (and participates) in Pedaloalooza rides, fits helmets for the Community Cycling Center, is a Sunday Parkways Mobile Superhero, a member of Cycle Wild bike touring and is actively working to help make the Salmonberry trail to the Oregon Coast a reality.

Lori spent last March solo road tripping through southern Utah, communing with the land by bike and by foot. “If I could swing it, I’d be back again every spring,” she says.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I love Filmed by Bike! It’s awesome to see people make funny/serious/moving/beautiful films about/with/on the biggest part of my identity – BIKES! I’m so stoked to be part of the test audience and help curate a fantastic 2016 festival.”

Armando Luna

System/Applications Analyst

Basically, by day Armando is a fixer, but by all other times he’s a master of bike fun. In 2015, he participated in a wealth of Pedalpalooza rides, was on a Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt team, competed in Cranksgiving and attended an abundance of bike events. Through all of this, Armando, who has lived in Portland since the 90s, says he loves that 2015 was such a year for making more bike friends.

Armando is a member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Northwest Trail Alliance. He is a firm believer that advocacy is an important tool for making positive change a reality.

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I love that Filmed by Bike is growing and growing. I’ve always loved film and studied cinema and photography in college. Bikes have been a big part of my life since I could ride, so being selected as a juror brings these worlds and passions together.”

Miriam Steierman

Accounting Manager

Miriam got her start in film obsession by sitting in on her ex-husband’s film studies classes in Mexico. She says that this resulted in befriending a Mexican movie critic and learning a lot from him.

Miriam also worked for the Mexican government in a film censorship role where she was afforded the rare opportunity to watch an abundance of uncut foreign films.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I LOVE watching movies, especially shorts and if they were made by creative people, even better.”

Philip “Flip” Mascher

Brand Connector, Nutcase Helmets

In addition to being an everyday cyclist, Flip spends his time being an adventurer in life. In 2015 he spent a week at a rave party in an abandoned castle in France followed by a 12-day hike in the polar region of Lappland, Sweden.

“I find myself in the position of being an eternal foreigner. I’ve lived in four countries, speak the four languages (all well, none perfectly) and wherever I am, I seem to be from somewhere else.”

WHY HE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I love the Portland bike community and have really enjoyed Filmed by Bike in the past.”

Beth Martin

Business Affairs Coordinator for Marmoset

Marmoset is a boutique music agency that makes handcrafted sounds for filmmakers and storytellers. When she’s not busy slinging contracts and invoices there, Beth is the Media Coordinator for PDX Pop Now!, a non-profit dedicated to simulating and expanding participation in Portland music. She’s also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Beth is no stranger to film fests, in fact she went to five of them in 2015.

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I’m a big music and film fan and local music and film scene supporter, so I’m super stoked to see some unique projects.”