Bikes Camera Action
If you’ve been to Cable Car Cinema on South Main Street in Providence, you know it’s a beautiful space that creates a film-viewing experience way more interesting than watching Netflix on your couch. That’s why the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Cable Car to bring you a monthly bike film series this winter!
Coming to you at 6:00pm on the second Tuesday of each month from November until March, Bikes Camera Action is an opportunity to join other members of the RI bike movement in enjoying the following gems of cinematic art:
- November 10 – Bicycle Movies: A Short Film Collection
- December 8 – For the Love of Mud: A Film About Cyclo-Cross
- January 12 – *Special Event*: Inspired to Ride
- February 9 – Wadjda
- March 8 – The Bicycle Thief
November 10 – Bicycle Movies: A Short Film Collection
This film is a hugely entertaining collection of the world’s best short films about bicycles. There are 22 short films in this collection representing 100 minutes of pure cinematic adrenaline. From hilarious comedy to heartbreaking tragedy, these super-unique films explore, define and celebrate the personal freedom that this two- wheeled love affair offers. Together they create a portrait of a worldwide community of activated individuals who know that following their dreams is not a hazy goal but a daily call to action. Bicycle Movies: The Short Film Collection is your ticket to the front of the breakaway, so grab some popcorn, clip into your pedals and enjoy the show.
Director: Stephen Auerbach
Run Time: 100 min
December 8 – For the Love of Mud: A Film About Cyclo-Cross
A full-length documentary illustrating the emotive beauty required to take part in this unusual winter sport. Experience the energy and enthusiasm enjoyed by the riders, from the rookies to the rock stars, as they participate in the renaissance of this sport.
Director: Benedict Campbell
Run Time: 88 min
January 12 – *Special Event*: Inspired to Ride
NOTE: Ticket sales for this special event will be a special price. Stay tuned for further details.
Description: On June 7, 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, following the famed TransAmerica Trail. Their mission is to cover 4,233 miles in one enormous stage race, traversing through ten states in a transcontinental adventure of epic proportions. Inspired To Ride follows closely the journey of a handful of these cyclists as they prepare, compete and experience what riding 300 miles a day feels like with only a few hours sleep. These racers will rely solely on their fitness, meticulously chosen gear and mental fortitude to get them to the finish. There are no support teams, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end. They will endure agonizing climbs in the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, bragging rights and a cold beer when its all over. Some are out to win, while others are simply trying to finish. Ultimately, this is a story of the human spirit of these men and women making history and inspired to ride in the ride of a lifetime. The audience will experience their journey amidst the jaw-dropping beauty along the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery.
Director: Mike Dion
Run Time: 88 min
February 9 – Wadjda
Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school.
Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah
Director: Haifaa al-Mansour
Run Time: 98 min
March 8 – The Bicycle Thief
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning The Bicycle Thief, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for his work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, The Bicycle Thief embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Run Time: 89 min