My daughters always want to make a movie with me. Usually, the movies they explain in detail are feature length and run a budget of about $78,000,000 because they have active imaginations and uncompromising visions.
A few months ago, I was playing with the Action Movie FX app on my iPhone and thought it would make a fun Filmed By Bike movie with my daughters. I had an idea that would’ve involved both of them, but one actress backed out due to creative differences. So we made an End of the World themed movie in honor of 12/20/2012.
I was excited the movie made it into Filmed By Bike and was even one of the five movies nominated for a Golden Helment Award. I was nominated last year too for Right Hook. I have lost twice, which I think is the most anyone has ever lost that award. My goal is to be the Susan Lucci of the Golden Helment.
Here are some photos from the Opening Night Street Party…
Hammercize! (If you don’t remember, I made a little video of Hammercize performing last year.)
It’s time for my favorite film festival in Portland–Filmed By Bike! I throw some kids on the back of a cargo bike every morning to take them to school, then I ride along the Springwater trail to work. But I don’t really belong to any part of Portland’s famous bike culture. I don’t go on organized rides, I’m not on any teams, I smile wistfully at Breakfast on the Bridge but never stop, I don’t even read any bike blogs. Not that I’m against those things, I’m just usually thinking about making a movie. So Filmed By Bike is the perfect festival for me: bike enthusiasts combined with film fans.
But some of you might be thinking, “I don’t know how to ride a bike, but I want to see movies you’ve made on a big screen and also drink beer in the street.” You are in luck! On Friday the 13th, you can attend the Opening Night Street Party. It’s a fun event and you should just go and see what it’s all about.
If you can’t make it Friday night, there are still plenty of chances to see a movie I’ve made while drinking beer in a theater. This year’s movie (Invincible, starring my daughter in her big screen debut!) plays on all three showings on Friday, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 9pm. What? Not enough for you? Then show up on Wednesday at 7pm or 9pm and see two of my previous Filmed By Bike movies: Claire Rides a Bike and Right Hook.
Here’s the full list of all the movies being shown: Filmed By Bike Program
Did I mention the opening night screenings have an awesome raffle? And insanely fun street entertainment? And beer on tap? Also, movies?
Finally, here’s a little movie I made from the festival three years ago…
For me, the most exciting Portland film festival is Filmed By Bike and I was especially excited this year for two reasons:
1. My movie, Right Hook, was nominated for the top award, The Golden Helmet!
2. The festival made the front cover of the Oregonian’s A&E section, with a picture of Right Hook’s Carolyn Main smack dab in the middle. And we even got a blurb:
And then there are flat-out fictions, such as Portlander Mike Vogel’s “Right Hook,” which turns a lamentably common encounter between an urban bicyclist and a thoughtless driver into a comic hipster-vs.-square martial arts fantasy.
It was pouring rain for the street party, but they put up a big tent with some heaters. Or you could warm up with Hammercise! Despite the weather, the crowd was energetic and ready to have fun. I didn’t take more videos because I was wet and cold and trying to eat tamales to soak up the beer.
On Saturday I got to see my friend Joe Lapp’s movie “Burundi’s Biking Bananas.” (link will come when he posts it!)
I didn’t win the Golden Helmet, but I did get a chance to show the Nutcase Helmet people my own Nutcase helmet creatively customized with reflective tape. I like to imagine this picture is them looking at me explaining the various patterns and styles I used…
I’m making a few last second edits on my short “Right Hook” which is going to play at Filmed By Bike in April! [Updates below.] Here are two sneak peak screenshots. Plan on coming to the festival for the street party and to see “Right Hook” on the big screen! If you need to understand why I love this festival so much, the comment I left here sums it up.
UPDATE: You can see Right Hook by going to Filmed By Bike for the Street Party Friday, April 15 or the Need for Speed program Sat. 5pm (all ages) | Sun. 7pm (21+).
UPDATE #2: Right Hook was nominated for a Golden Helmet Award! Only three movies get nominated so that’s all the more reason to get to FBB and see it!