LONDON – PROGRAMME 3

CINEMATIC SHORTS

An inspiring programme that examines the cultural context of cycling. From a brief history of the bicycle, to ghost bikes in New York; explore the significance of the bicycle in communities around the world. Includes several hits from major film festivals; The Climb by Michael Corvino from Sundance Film Festival and Cycles by Joe Cobden which screened at Toronto Film Festival.

Hackney Picturehouse 
Saturday 24th November, 6pm

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BICYCLE
Mexico 2016 | 5min.
Dir. Pablo Acevedo
The story of the bicycle through its most important stages and events in the shortest format possible.

TALL BIKE TOUR
Canada 2016 10min.
Dir. Zenga Bros.
Benny Zenga has made over five films that have screened at the Bicycle Film Festival. The Zenga family bring their eccentric brand of creativity to the streets while traveling and living on tall bikes.

MAI LAN “PAS D’AMOUR”
France 2018 3min.
Dir. PANAMÆRA
“We need to pay attention to the time that flies by, to the moments of sharing and love that we miss from others when we are submerged for too long.” French-Vietnamese designer, artist and musician, Mai Lan describes her music video from her LP,“Autopilote”. The follow up to M83’s latest album “Junk,” that she was heavily featured on.

GRACE
USA 2015 4min.
Dir. Tomas Mankovsky
Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of two teens exploring young love. But not everything is what it seems. Music by No Age’s Randy Randall.

THIS IS WHEN WE MET
USA 2015 3min.
Dir. Sean Cunningham
Meet Robbie and Mary as they live out a relationship in three minutes. Short of the Week selection and Vimeo Staff Pick.

MAN ON BIKE
UK 2016 9min.
Dir. Matteo Palmas
At the surface, this is a man with a hobby. Taking a closer look, this is a man with a dark, complicated past that touches his daily life and fills him with fear. A powerful film about life’s complexities and how we utilize our hobbies to cope with our past.

REVOLUTIONS
UK/ Thailand 2015 | 6min.
Dir. Jessie Ayles
A look at the growing youth movement in Northern Thailand that is creating Chiang Mai’s bicycle scene.

LA BICICLETA, EL VIOLIN
UK 2017 3min.
Dir. Nicolas Canal
A European cyclist and a Cuban violinist bound by a brake wire ride through a windswept mountain landscape to tell their story. From the Nowness series made in partnership with London’s Central Saint Martins, students delve into ideas of luxury, sustainability and the intersection of where the two meet.

THE BICYCLE BABA
India 2017 5min.
Dir. Naveen Kumar J
Salish Kumar is a spiritual cyclist bringing happiness to those he meets. Can you ride with no hands?

JUANJO MENDEZ // VOLATA
Spain 2017 2min.
Dir. Rafa de los Arcos
After losing one arm and one leg in a motorbike accident, Juanjo Mendez focuses his life on cycling to become one of the best cyclist in his field.

GHOST BIKES
USA 2017 6min.
Dir. Ethan Brooks
There are over 150 ghostly white-painted bicycles chained up throughout New York City, each representing a cyclist killed in traffic. Mirza is a volunteer who remembers these fallen cyclists when everyone else seems to have forgotten them. Information on the ghost bikes project can be found at ghostbikes.org.

HWY 395 (REVISITED)
USA 2017 3min.
Dir. Brian Vernor
The Eastern Sierras along the Highway 395 corridor called out to us for an end-of-Summer road trip out of Los Angeles. Super 8 and super rad.

CYCLES
Canada 2016 4min.
Dir. Joe Cobden
A man is stuck in loops of abstract memories after a relationship suddenly ends, circling through the madness of grief. Piano score by G. I. Gurdjieff.

THE CLIMB
USA 2017 7min.
Dir. Michael Covino
Kyle goes for a bike ride with his best friend, Mike, to help with his depression. But Mike has something to say that might make for a tough ride. One hill, one water bottle, and one take.

CHAM-PINON
Columbia 2017 8min.
Dir. Luber Yesid Zuñiga Ordoñez
José a farm boy in Boyacá, Columbia and a cycling fan, has the opportunity to see his favorite racer compete. Three kilometers, two bikes, one passion. Filmed in one take.

MAMA AGATHA
Netherlands 2016 16min.
Dir. Fadi Hindash
Once a week, a group of migrant women from Southeast Amsterdam meet in a gymnasium to learn how to cycle. Supervising their bicycle course is a Ghanaian woman nicknamed ‘Mama Agatha’. Over the summer, this community mother gives the ladies from China, Pakistan and Suriname the confidence to get behind the two wheels for the first time.

94min.