Jury

Meet the 2014 Jury. These ten esteemed notables are tasked with reviewing film submissions to select the final programs.

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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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.”

HOW SHE SPENT LAST 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.

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

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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.”

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

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

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Russ Roca

PathLessPedaled.com

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.”

HOW HE SPENT LAST YEAR
“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.”

OF NOTE
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.

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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.”

WHAT HE DID LAST YEAR
“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.”

OF NOTE
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.

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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.

WHAT SHE DID LAST YEAR
“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.”

OF NOTE
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.

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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.”

WHAT HE DID LAST YEAR
“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.”

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

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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.

WHAT HE DID LAST YEAR
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.

OF NOTE
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.

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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!”

WHAT HE DID LAST YEAR
Larz is pretty proud of the fact that he managed to make it through year one of fatherhood.

OF NOTE
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.

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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.

HOW HE SPENT LAST YEAR
“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.”

OF NOTE
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.

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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.”

HOW SHE SPENT LAST YEAR
Ann spent 2014 reaching new heights with her first solo weekend camping adventure and later summiting Mt. Adams

OF NOTE
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.

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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.

WHAT HE DID LAST YEAR
“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.”

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