13th annual Filmed By Bike Festival rolls this weekend

Now entering its teenaged years, the annual Filmed By Bike Festival has been a showcasing the work of filmmakers who celebrate the bicycle lifestyle each spring in Portland, Oregon. The works range from slick productions to intriguing and heartfelt shorts, but each one is a testament to its creator’s love of cycling.

I was honored to be asked to join the jury for this year’s festival, and got a sneak peek at some of the works that will be featured this weekend at the historic Hollywood Theatre. There’s more than just movies though: New Belgium is hosting a street party at Velo Cult, there is a panel discussion of women in racing, and this being Portland, there’s a brewery bike tour too.

More than just a local event, 60 percent of the films chosen this year are international, and the festival will go on the road for screenings around the country this summer. Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film.

As a festival, we’ll never preach to people and tell them to ride a bike, that it’s the right thing to do, blah blah blah. But there’s no way in hell someone’s going to leave that theater without being at least a LITTLE bit inspired to ride bike. And if I can do my part to get more people on bikes, I can die a happy person.

—Ayleen Crotty, Festival Director

Buy your tickets in advance here and take a peek at what you’ll see in this trailer:


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