Tori Bortman

Author of “Bicycling Magazine’s Big Book of Cycling for Beginners”

Educator/Owner: Gracie’s Wrench

“Being on the jury is a long-time dream of mine come true, so to be able to sit in a screening with so much talent in my fellow esteemed judges and have the pleasure of viewing bike films from around the world is dreamy,” says Tori. “I’m thrilled to help make Filmed by Bike the biggest, best bike party of the year! I’m also fired up about the festival being at the Hollywood Theatre this year.”

Tori went into the wilds of Alaska to complete her first back-country, single-track bikepacking trip. Tori adventured for six days living on and in only what she could carry strapped to her bike as she traveled through the magnificent, quiet tundra of Alaska.

Tori is also a co-host of the KBOO Bike Radio Show, a dog wangler, foodie, gardener and rider of bikes.

Adam Newman

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times, Online Editor

Adam is new to Portland has been soaking in the vibrancy and richness of our diverse cycling culture. “Cyclists are inherently a creative bunch,” he says, “so I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of stories they share through film.”

“I had a chance to spend a week in Amsterdam in the spring. More bikes that I have ever seen!”

“I love riding fat bikes and I’m not afraid to admit it.”

Russ Roca

Russ says he has been a big fan of Filmed by Bike since he heard about it years ago “and it’s a great honor to be on the jury. The level of sophistication with bike films has increased over the years, so it will be fascinating to see the best of the best. Also, bourbon.”

“Our company did a week long photoshoot with Ortlieb. The days were long and challenging and it took a lot of logistics and planning to pull off. We shot in Portland, the Columbia Gorge, the Deschutes River Trail and on the Oregon Coast. We got up before the sun rose and didn’t stop until it set, so it took a lot of stamina. At the end of the whirlwind week we produced some great images for them.”

Russ is a pretty avid fly fisherman. He learned how to fish in the middle of a three-year-long bicycle tour and says he hasn’t put the rod down since. If you’re looking for a biking fishing buddy, Russ is your man.

Billy Sinkford

Partner, ECHOS Communication

Billy is excited to be on the Filmed by Bike jury because, simply put, he likes riding bikes and watching movies. “Combine those two activities,” he says, “and the only thing better is a foot massage.”

“I made a big effort to stay local and spend time with my kids and bring them out to most of the local cross races. Watching my little dudes rip though the mud laughing is the highlight of my week. We spend our time exploring, riding and playing outside. Showing my children the world that I am passionate about is better than a foot massage, maybe.”

Billy is terrified of volcanoes and dislikes doctors on recumbent bikes. When he’s not busy doing PR and marketing for cycling brands, he listens to The NeverEnding Story theme song on loop while climbing hills. He also likes to party. That may or may not be the reason he was accepted onto the Filmed by Bike jury.

Lisa Luna

Adventure Biking Program & Community Outreach Coordinator at the Mountain Shop

Lisa Luna believes that so many good things come from people, bikes and our world coming together. She is excited to be on the Filmed by Bike jury because she feels the festival is a good example of this, and is a celebration of something she loves.

“I loved all of those perfect-dirt days up at Sandy Ridge and the flow state it puts me in. And the Pedalpalooza Karaoke Ride.”

Lisa is also a mountain bike instructor, mountain bike patroller and Mt Hood ski patroller. Lisa is proud to be putting together a team of people to do a Ride for Reading book drive in the spring.
P.S. She needs help with that. Hint, hint.

Ifanyi Bell

Digital Producer and Co-Founder of Brushfire Creative Partners

By Day: constantly making connections with people and working to find creative solutions for businesses and social enterprise.
aka Digital Producer and Co-Founder of Brushfire Creative Partners

Ifanyi says he’s excited to be on the Filmed by Bike jury because he has always been a fan of the festival. “I wrote a film two years ago that is bike themed and I promise, if it gets made, it will premiere at FBB.”

“I quit my job at Oregon Public Broadcasting and started another acronym, Brushfire Creative Partners. It was scary, brave and difficult, but working for the man was no longer an option.”

Ifany describes himself as a “Native Portlander/Portland Ex-patriate”. He’s also a filmmaker, storyteller and personally competitive, fair-weather cyclist

J Allard

Creator of 529 Garage

Why is J excited to be on the Filmed by Bike Jury? Well, he put it this way “At least two of the following are true – 1/ I love movies. 2/ I love bikes. 3/ I love criticizing people’s hard work.” So we’ll leave it up to you do decide.

Project 529* created a petition to urge Craigslist and eBay to require serial numbers on bike listings and got the support of over 51,000 cyclists and at the end of 2014 they delivered the petitions to the heads of those companies.

J loves all bikes and is in serious training to complete the holy trinity of cycling in 2015 – the World Naked Bike Ride, Seattle-to-Portland and the Leadville 100.

* Project 529 is the first mobile-based bike registration community that’s like a neighborhood watch network in your pocket. When a bike goes missing, users can press a button to activate the local cycling community – eyes on the street to look out for the bike.

Larz Stewart

Adventures Without Limits

Larz is an adventurer who loves to explore by bike. “One of my most memorable adventures was biking from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal with good friends so I’m super excited to be on the jury of a local film festival that’s all about bikes!”

Larz is pretty proud of the fact that he managed to make it through year one of fatherhood.

Larz and Adventures without Limits are the local hosts for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Radical Reels Tour and the 5Point Film Festival’s On the Road series.

Chris McCraw

Community builder, adventurer, joy facilitator

Chris has been a dedicated Filmed by Bike volunteer for six years.”This year I’m excited to help pick the movies and next year maybe I’ll finally make one,” he says.

“Last winter I rode my bike from california to Texas. Last summer I helped organize oregon’s second largest organized bike ride – composed of over 9,000 naked people.”

Chris is that guy who rides around town with bunny ears on his helmet. Your challenge now is to try to spot him on the streets of Portland.

Ann Siqveland

Renewable Energy Project Developer

Ann is excited to be on the Filmed by Bike jury because it is in line with her desires to make positive change happen. “There is no silver bullet solution to the giant pickle this country has gotten itself into on nearly every front, but bicycling helps raise awareness about some critical challenges we are facing. Increasing ridership serves as one small part of the solution, so any opportunity to be an advocate is one I am excited about.”

Ann spent 2014 reaching new heights with her first solo weekend camping adventure and later summiting Mt. Adams

Ann is a sucker for hill climbs but rides a steel cyclocross bike, certain that by holding off on getting a lighter frame she will appreciate it all the more when she finally does.

Chris Brannen

Director-at-Large, Sponsorship and Fundraising

Chris is dedicated to building community and appreciation for cycling-related activities that will inspire others to be more active, healthy, caring and compassionate. He loves that being on the Filmed by Bike jury can help contribute to this passion.

“My very most favorite thing about 2014 was the birth of our firstborn child. Being a stay-at-home caregiver for several months with my infant son was simply irreplaceable as a human experience. I recommend it.”

Chris has a lifelong passion for and sense of belonging with bikes. ”My youthfulness is never lost when I’m pedaling a bike.”

Will Vanlue

Communications Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Photography and short films have played a big role in Will’s adult life, moving him from simply getting around on a bicycle to falling in love with the beautiful simplicity of riding. “Every time I’ve attended Filmed By Bike I’ve been impressed by the films. I’m honored and excited by the challenge to help curate a collection of films to inspire everyone who come out for Filmed By Bike in 2014,” he says.

Who Knew? “I’m really proud to have grown up in Eugene. I don’t get to talk about my love of that city nearly often enough. It’s one of my favorite places to ride a bike of anywhere I’ve ridden in North America. The trail network around the Willamette River, the connectivity around the University of Oregon, and recent improvements around the Eugene/Springfield border are all interesting examples of how a city can make bicycling a pleasant and practical option for getting around.”

Favorite Food Cart: DV Vegetarian on SW 3rd “Their Philly Cheesesteak is my Everest. One day I will conquer an entire one in a single sitting…maybe.”

Lilah Cady

Freelance Producer for Film and Video

Lilah is a crafty and resourceful aunt extraordinaire who loves chips and salsa and is a master of making creative ideas come to life. Lilah is wrapping up a two-year stint at NW Documentary where she helped Filmed by Bike form a partnership with the organization. Lilah was a key crew member of “Bare As You Dare,” the World Naked Bike Ride documentary.

Lilah says she’s excited to be on the jury so she can see the behind the scenes of Filmed by Bike and help make this year’s festival a success. She’s got the film aspect down pat, but the bike part is somewhat new to Lilah. “When I was a kid I was always way too busy watching Mork & Mindy reruns and movie after movie after movie to even think about going outside and riding a bike,” she explains. “So I didn’t learn to ride until I was 25! I’m still working on mastering life on two wheels, but now you can find me riding all over town on my bike in my free time. It’s a refurbished 8-speed, and I call the color “mermaid’s tears.”

Who Knew? Lilah once set a Guinness World Record by organizing the world’s largest human wheelbarrow race.

Favorite food cart: Native Bowl on Mississippi Ave

Phillip Ross

Co-Owner of Metrofiets bicycle company

Like many of our jurors, Phillip is excited to be on the jury to have the esteemed honor of seeing all the submissions, even the dirty dogs that won’t make the cut.

In his free time, Phillip is a beer brewing, bike riding family chilling dude.

Who Knew? Phil is also involved in the Pedal Powered Talk Show, which is entering its third season. Watch an episode to see Phillip pedaling the bike that carries the host of the show.

Favorite food cart area: The pod outside of Prost on Mississippi.

George Schenk

Event Wrangler and Beer Dude at Velo Cult Bike Shop & Tavern

Pop into Velo Cult Bike Shop & Tavern in Portland’s Hollywood District most days of the week and you’ll find George behind the bar slinging a carefully crafted selection of beers and brewing pour-over coffees.

George says “Having dodged official jury duty for years, I’m excited to fulfill my civic duty watching a moving canvas of all things bike!” and he’ll be right at home as Filmed by Bike Jury Duty takes place in Velo Cult’s clandestine basement theater.

Who Knew? George may come off as a softie, but really he’s tough as nails: “As Founder & Lifetime Member, you should know that my brothers & sisters of the Roughneck Kitty Klub don’t like to be messed with.”

Favorite food cart: PDX 671 at the Rose City Food Carts. “Guamanian food!! Chicken kelaguen with red rice please!!!!”

Jude Gerace

Owner of Sugar Wheel Works

Jude has made a name for herself in the bike world as a master wheel builder. She’s excited to be on the jury for the trifecta of snacks, good people and Filmed by Bike all coming together. We’re fairly certain she won’t be disappointed in those snacks.

Who knew? Early on in her company’s existence, Jude was forced to chance her company name from Epic Wheel Works thanks to the power of another company with a similarly named product, but most people agree the imposed change resulted in a much sweeter name.

Favorite food cart: Native Bowl

Maria Schur

Marketing Coordinator at Western Bikeworks

Maria Schur’s entire life is wrapped up in bikes. She is the treasurer of Portland Society, a networking group for biking women, has helped plan the Portland Tweed Ride, rides with Velodirt and creates bike friendly products like compact seating cushions, decorated reflective mud flaps and more.

Who knew? In addition to kindhearted talents like making people smile and laugh, Maria also prides herself making people push themselves harder on a bike.

Favorite food cart: The falafel booth at SW 5th & Oak

Brock Dittus

Host of the Sprocket Podcast

Brock is a master of sharing his ideas and opinions on all things bicycle as a host on the Sprocket Podcast, but in terms of being on the Filmed by Bike Jury, he’s looking forward to hearing what the other jurors have to say and what they find interesting on screen.

“I’ve been a huge fan of filmed by bike since I learned about it, and consider it to be the cream of Portland’s bike fun crop,“ he says. “I look forward to this a/v celebration of bicycle culture every year, and I’m honored by the chance to help select this year’s top films!”

Who knew? Brock drives a school bus for the Portland Public School District, transporting students with special needs. “I like this job because it keeps me in touch with people who have disabilities, which is not always our society’s highest priority – I think it gives me an enhanced perspective on the world around me.”

Favorite food cart: Cackalacks Hot Chicken Shack on Belmont

Emily Finch

Wrangler of a six biking kids

As the wrangler of six energetic kids in an impressive car-free household, Emily says she is perhaps most looking forward to being on the Filmed by Bike Jury because the “ jury duty is held during the dinner hour, and that’s a very traumatic time for me.”

Emily is excited to see the films before the general public, and to be able to brag to her friends. “I can brag about it and annoy people. Haters gonna hate,” she further explains.

Who Knew? Ditching her car and going car free with such a large family has led to enjoy notoriety to land Emily a spot on the The Ricki Lake Show.

Favorite Food Cart: Potato Champion

Photo credit: BikePortland

Jason LaPier

Software Engineer, Elemental Technologies

Jason has a strong love for independent film and bikes. “We live in an age where the technology for filmmaking has become so accessible and more and more people can realize their creative vision,” Jason says. “I’m looking forward to helping select the most artistic, entertaining, thought-provoking and fun films for the enjoyment of the Filmed By Bike audience.”

We like the creative diversity Jason brings to the Filmed by Bike Jury: “I’ve played guitar in a metal band, spun records as a techno DJ, done some game development and for the last few years I’ve been writing fiction, including a pile of short stories, a self-published novel and another unpublished novel that is in the works.”

Who Knew? Jason organizes a monthly meetup called PDXCloud for technology professionals who work with cloud computing. He also volunteers with Adoption Mosaic, an organization that brings support and resources to all members of the adoption community.

Favorite food cart: Koi Fusion