Portland’s 13th annual Filmed by Bike festival has a new home, new programs and a curated collection of the world’s best independent bike movies.
“We are thrilled to partner this year with Portland’s iconic Hollywood Theatre and the ultra-cool Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern to host all of our festival events,” said Ayleen Crotty, festival director. “This is an exciting opportunity to expand our capacity and provide a fun and welcoming space for our guests.”
Founded in 2003, the festival will be held for the first time this year in Northeast Portland’s Hollywood district. For the past ten years, the popular event, which typically hosts about 2,000 visitors over three days, has been held at the Clinton Street Theater in Southeast Portland.
The bike-themed film festival kicks off on Friday, May 22, with a New Belgium Street Party from 5:00-9:30 p.m. The free event is open to all ages and features a beer garden, live entertainment, a video storytelling booth, a photo booth and a designated bike parking area. The street party will take place behind Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern, 1969 N.E. 42nd Ave., followed by opening night screenings at the theater.
“Portlanders tend to be very neighborhood-centric, and most of our city’s bicycle culture is anchored in Southeast Portland,” said Sky Boyer, Velo Cult’s owner. “This event will be an opportunity to introduce some of those cyclists to Northeast Portland and all that we have to offer on this side of Burnside.”
“Velo Cult will be a home base for the festival and will give people a place to meet and hang out between films,” said Boyer. “Our proximity to the theater should be a great fit for this event.”
To celebrate their move to Hollywood, festival organizers will be partnering with neighbors and local business owners to launch Bike Month in the Hollywood district. For the entire month of May, neighbors and visitors can enjoy drink discounts, special menu items and bike friendly displays throughout the district.
“We are known for innovation and inspiring people to ride their bikes more,” said Crotty. “We hope our participants will ride their bikes to the theater and explore the neighborhood while they’re here.”
Participants who ride to the event and park in the designated bike areas may find a “golden ticket” hanging from their handlebars when they return to their rides. The tickets will be good for discounts and special deals from area merchants.
The festival will host a diverse array of bike-oriented movies. Fifty short films will show for three days, with five unique programs. Eleven percent of the films come from Portland and sixty percent come from outside the United States, offering an interesting glimpse into worldwide bicycle cultures.
The festival will also offer question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, a panel discussion on women in cycling, a festival lounge with craft beer and coffee, VIP screenings and a brewery tour with the filmmakers.
Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film.
Tickets are available and a schedule can be found at filmedbybike.org. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. A festival pass for $42 grants unlimited entry to the festival and its associated events.