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.

This Year’s Jury

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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