Erik Douds

Adventure Filmmaker

South Orange, New Jersey, USA

“I use filmmaking to show audiences that people managing a chronic disease do belong in the outdoors.

“The bicycle also opens you up to the kindness of strangers, who through their own stories break down the barriers and assumptions we have about the world.

“I think the bike brings together unlikely allies. That kinship is a beautiful message needed on the world stage. Bikes tap into childhood joy. Films powered by our own two legs remind us all about the thrills of discovery, dealing with the unknown, and setting out without having all the answers. Cyclists are self-reliant while being community supported. Meeting that collection of support on the trail brings me joy.”

Why he’s excited to be on the jury

“I’m excited to find stories about personal growth and expanding representation in all senses through Filmed by Bike. Films that represent the everyday person using the bicycle in their own story – essential workers commuting to work, first-time riders finding joy in micro adventures, celebration of what makes us different seen on the screen.”


PEARL iZUMi – brand ambassador

Diabadass – diabetes education platform

Competitive Cyclist – content creator

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