FESTIVAL ON TWO WHEELS
Two of Portland's favorite activities — watching movies and riding bicycles — converge at the 17th annual Filmed By Bike festival.
The creation of Ayleen Crotty and her crew continues to attract films from around the world for the festival set for May 17-19 at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. This year's event puts extra emphasis on local filmmakers with an Oregon-only showcase, Oregon Vibes.
"This year we're excited to feature an all-Oregon program on the final night of the festival to celebrate our talented regional filmmakers," says Crotty, festival director and founder. "We started 17 years ago with mostly regional filmmakers. In addition to the 15 countries represented this year, we're honoring our roots with the directors, cast and crew of locally made films."
There'll be two opening night films at 7 and 9 p.m., starting off a festival that will feature 75 films by 72 filmmakers, coming from India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and more.
The programs include Opening Night Films, Bike Love, Adventure Shorts, Triumph and Oregon Vibes.
Oregon Vibes is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
All-inclusive festival passes ($70) and individual tickets ($15) are on sale at filmedbybike.org.
Some notable movies:
• "Dirty Sellwood," Manny Marquez, Hood River: Originally shown during the 2017 festival, the film looks at a Portland neighborhood and is part of Oregon Vibes. Marquez has submitted films to Filmed By Bike for many years and, among his professional filmmaking highlights, he was sent on assignment to film the Tour de France.
• "Blue," Aly Nicklas, Portland: It's a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the north. She's a filmmaker who specializes in outdoor adventure work.
• "Pulling Rickshaw in a Man's World," Claudia Hinterseer, Hong Kong: It features Sumi Begum, Bangladesh's only female rickshaw driver, who breaks traditional gender roles while supporting her daughter. Hinterseer is a senior video producer at the South China Morning Post.
After the festival, the Filmed By Bike On Tour sends the film collection to 30 tour stops around the world.
A filmmaker chat takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Laughing Planet, 1914 N.E. 42nd Ave. A filmmaker ride takes place noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 (see website for more).
Filmed By Bike benefits NW Documentary, a nonprofit that helps people tell stories through film.
For complete info: www.FilmedByBike.org.