Jury

Meet the Jury. These esteemed notables are tasked with reviewing film submissions to select the world’s best bike movies.

And yes, bribes are accepted. In fact, it’s a time-honored Filmed by Bike tradition for filmmakers to bribe the jury with chocolates, liquor and other treats to sustain them while they watch endless hours of bike movies.

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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”.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Heather Kendall

Community Outreach Associate, Earth Advantage

Earth Advantage is a Portland-based nonprofit on a quest to accelerate the creation of better buildings.

We’re excited to have Heather on the jury because she brings some pretty strong super powers to the table. She says she’s really good at being able to identify what movie scene a song comes from, “I am especially good at John Hughes movies from the 80’s.”

WHY SHE’S EXCITED TO BE ON THE JURY
“I am a dedicated proponent of alternative forms of transportation as part of a larger plan to help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and begin to mitigate the dire impacts of climate change. I want to support any effort being made to promote the role of bicycling in this larger context. And I love the bicycle culture and community of Portland!”