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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Returned thanks + Melbourne film fest

Cape Town Aeolian Ride, November 2004

I'd like to say a *big cheesy thankyou* to everyone to helped out on Friday evening mass for the Aeolian Ride benefit with Combat Wombat, Curse ov Dialect, Fortknight Productions & the CM ride doco. Your marvellous efforts have greatly assisted us to assist Jessica Findley travelling out from New York + also organise a second benefit gig + presentation at Glitch Bar, 7.30pm, next Friday 10 March. There'll be a talk + vids from Jessica, bike fun and a *very special bicycle* film screening! We have 52 riders, but still require a couple of safety riders. Please contact me if you want to help out + what to document the ride.
Celluloid Cycles
Speaking of bike fillums - there's a Melbourne bicycle film fest next month! Screening at said fest will be several Critical Mass classics - Still We Ride, We are Traffic .... and ... Return of the Scorcher!!!! I made a mention about a possible locally-based movie festival last year, and it looks as if Tim Sheedy was independently inspired to organise something. Très kewl, see you there!



    This half-hour documentary looks at bike culture and bike lifestyles around the world with beautiful and inspiring scenes of bike use filmed in China, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the U.S.

    In the 1890's, before automobiles ruled the roads, bicyclists were referred to as "Scorchers" because of their blazing speed. A century later, in a world filled with car-related environmental and social problems,
    Return of the Scorcher discovers an inspired and evolving bicycling renaissance.

    This documentary touches on a surprising variety of subjects including romance, rebellion, early feminism, and spirituality - all viewed within the context of bicycling.
    Return of the Scorcher questions our obsession with "progress" and status and presents a diverse cross-section of cycling visionaries who see the bicycle as a life-affirming vehicle for change.

    Featured interviewees include: Marcia Lowe, Michael Replogle, Iain Boal, Ellen Fletcher, George Bliss and others.

    Photos Unknown Source

    Still from Ted White
    Return of the Scorcher features the scene which led to the adoption of the name "Critical Mass" for the rides which now occur around the world and also served as inspiration for Ted White's other documentary We aren't blocking traffic, We Are Traffic!. In this scene, bicycle designer George Bliss coins the term "Critical Mass" in describing the flow of bicycle traffic with cars in China.

    By Anonymous j., at 10:35 pm, March 05, 2006  

  • Red Light Go is the one we can't wait to see! Mad fuckin' NY bike messengers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 pm, March 05, 2006  

  • Your new blog banner is a crackup - THE KITTYS ARE COMING - THE KITTYS ARE COMING

    By Anonymous Idle Wild, at 10:47 am, March 06, 2006  

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