We've heard reports of an amazing Sunday night by the LA River, where Ambulante California closed their festival with the LA premiere of Bikes vs Cars. Thank you to the many of you who attended, including US executive producer Chris Paine and film participants Dan Koeppel and Don Ward, who represented the film on our behalf. We look forward to visiting LA again for our official US launch in December!
Thank you also to Danny Gamboa for helping to organize the many awesome guided bike rides to the screening and for the ride hosts, Ghost Bikes, CiclaValley, Walk Bike Glendale, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Ride On Bike co-op Leimert Park Village and Black Kids on Bikes
In September, Volkswagen sparked global outrage when it admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars are fitted with special gadgets that activate pollution controls during tests but secretly turn them off when the car is on the road. In this piece in Sweden's Aftonbladet, Fredrik Gertten shares his response to what is being referred to as VW-Gate.
"They do not care about the environment. This, in a time of climate crisis, a time when we over-consume the earth's resources. World journalists and commentators need to move the focus. VW-gate is not about a big corporate public relations debacle, or stock quotes. There is a moral crisis for a key industry in our economic system. We must speak about this. So okay, I admit, I am not only sad. I'm pissed."
On October 7th, Bikes vs Cars will have its Greek premiere when CineDoc opens their festival with the film at the Institut Français d'Athènes, in collaboration with the Municipality of Athens, WWF Greece, Attica Bike Community, Friends of the Bicycle and the Embassy of Sweden. CineDoc is one of our partners in the European Documentary Network's initiative Moving Docs and the Athens screening will be just one of many held throughout Greece during the month of October. Here's the full list:
Αθήνα | Γαλλικό Ινστιτούτο | 7-Οκτ | 20.00
Αθήνα | Κινηματογράφος Δαναός | 8-14/10 | 16.00
Θεσσαλονίκη | Παύλος Ζάννας | 11-Οκτ | 17.30
Ρέθυμνο | Cineland Παντελής | 11-Οκτ |12.30
Ηράκλειο | Κοιν. Χώρο των Ιδρυμάτων Καλοκαιρινού | 9-Οκτ | 20.00
Βόλος | Μουσείο Πλινθοκεραμοποιίας | 7-Οκτ 8.00
Σπάρτη | Μουσείο Ελιάς και Ελληνικού Λαδιού | 7-Οκτ|18.00
Δημητσάνα | Υπαίθριο Μουσείο Υδροκίνησης | 7-Οκτ |18.00
Μυτιλήνη | Μουσείο Βιομηχανικής Ελαιουργίας Λέσβου | 7-Οκτ |18.00
Στυμφαλία | Μουσείο Περιβάλλοντος Στυμφαλίας | 7-Οκτ |18.00
Ναύπλιο | ΦΟΥΓΑΡΟ | 11-Οκτ | 20.00
Τρίκαλα | Δημοτικός Κινηματογράφος |8-Οκτ | 22.00
Καρδίτσα | Πάρκο Παυσίλιππο |8-Οκτ | 21.00
Find more info about all of these on the Moving Docs website.
The world data on the Bikes vs Cars app now shows that we've biked almost 2,5 million km together! That's 60 times around the earth. Pretty amazing!
More exciting news - the website has now been updated so that you can explore data from around the world. You can see specific data collected from each continent, country, region/state and city. You can also see every city that is using the app, so if you don't see yours on the list, you can be the first to start contributing data from where you live!
Here are a few examples of some of the data that has been collected:
Keep up the good work and remember to share the app with your friends!
The app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android. Find more info and download the app here.
European Mobility Week, taking place September 16-22, is an annual awareness raising campaign that aims to make citizens aware about the use of public transport, cycling, walking and various modes of transport to get cities moving in the right direction. The week leads up to Car Free Day, on September 22nd.
That week, Bikes vs Cars will be screening in numerous cities around the world. Below is a list of what's scheduled so farm, with more to be announced soon. Interested in setting up your own screening during Mobility Week? Email email@example.com for more info!
Bikes vs Cars continues showing throughout Mexico this fall through a series of screenings presented by National Urban Cycling Network, BICIRED, for their "Hazla de Tos" campaign. Ambulante and Greenpeace Mexico are co-presenters. See the full list of upcoming screenings below and learn more here.
|Monterrey||Pueblo bicletero / Greenpeace||19/09/2015|
|San Luis Potosi||Vida sobre ruedas||22/09/2015|
|Guadalajara||GDL en bici / Greenpeace||22/09/2015|
|DF||Bicitekas / Greenpeace||22/09/2015|
|Vallarta||Vallarta en bici||22/09/2015|
|Xalapa||Physis Ciclovida Xalapa||26/09/2015|
|Hermosillo||Bikes and beers||30/09/2015|
|Mexicali||Mujeres al Pedal||13/10/2015|
|Tijuana||Alianza por el Ciclismo y una Ciudad más Humana||20/10/2015|
|Leon||Saca la bici||31/10/2015|
Also during the tour they will be short projecting winners of the 1st Short Film Competition for sustainable mobility “MUÉVETE EN CORTO”.
After a great week of screenings in Toronto and Montreal, Bikes vs Cars has been picked up by cinemas around Canada to be shown during August and September. See the full list below and be sure to keep looking out for new screenings here.
|Vancouver, BC||Vancity Theatre||August 21-27|
|Quebec City, QC||Le Clap||August 21-27|
|Toronto, ON||Bloor Hot Docs Cinema||Sept. 4 & 7|
|London, ON||Hyland Cinema||Sept. 4-10|
|Ottawa, ON||Bytowne Cinema||Sept. 12-15|
|Victoria, BC||Vic Theatre Victoria||Sept. 19-23|
|Waterloo, ON||Princess Cinema||Sept. 19-20, 22-23|
|Guelph, ON||Bookshelf Cinema Guelph||Sept. 23-24|
|Regina, SK||RPL Film Theatre||Sept. 25-27|
We are very happy to be working with Canadian distributor Kino Smith for screenings throughout the country. If you're interested in setting one up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DUBLIN - Festival of Curiosity/UCD Science Expression
Our Irish premiere will take place on July 24th, with a free screening at Smock Alley Theatre, presented by UCD Science Expression during the Festival of Curiosity. There will be a post screening panel discussion, moderated by writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan who will be joined by Fredrik Gertten, Michael Philips, Director of Traffic at Dublin City Council and Dr Marcus Collier who leads a research team at the UCD Earth Institute looking at urban resilience and sustainability. See more info here.
TORONTO - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Bikes vs Cars will be released in theaters on July 31 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, where it will screen until August 6. Fredrik will participate in Q&As on Friday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. You can find the full schedule for screenings here.
NYC - Rooftop Films
Fredrik will head to New York for our NYC premiere through Rooftop Films, on August 6. The free, outdoor event will take place in Brooklyn and the evening will include live music and a Q&A after the film. See all the details here.
On Saturday, June 13th, Bikes vs Cars had its Sao Paulo premiere at Auditório Ibirapuera in Parque do Ibirapuera, presented by Maria Farinha Filmes. A crowd of over 2000 people were there to see the film, along with Director Fredrik Gertten and Aline Cavalcante, one of the main subjects of the film. It was wonderful to share the film with a city that means so much to us and the many friends we have made over the last two years of filming. Thank you to everyone who helped create such a beautiful evening.
Beginning today (June 18th), the film is being shown in cinemas in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Schedule below for dates June 18th-24th. On June 25th, it opens in Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Joao Pessoa and Santos.
ESPAÇO ITAÚ DE CINEMA – AUGUSTA - ANEXO
Sala 4 20h (EQUINOX)
ESPAÇO ITAÚ DE CINEMA – FREI CANECA
Sala 4 15h40 – 21h40 (EQUINOX)
ESPAÇO ITAÚ CINEMAS – RIO DE JANEIRO
Sala 5 18h30 – 22h - 24h (EQUINOX)
OBS: Dia 20/06/2015 às 24h (Extra)
On May 30th, Bikes vs Cars had its Spanish premiere at the wonderful DocsBarcelona International Film Festival. Thank you to all who came out to see the film! The film is now playing throughout Spain during the month of June, through DocsBarcelona initiative El Documental del Mes. You can find the whole schedule here.
We've been happy to see some nice reviews coming out of Spain this week. Here's a little peak at what the press has been saying about the film.
"Bicicletas vs coches es un documento muy interesante que deja sin argumentos a los defensores del coche, de las ciudades para los coches y no para las personas, y que ofrece datos muy a tener en cuenta." - From “Bicicletas vs. coches”: la revolución urbana pendiente, Begoña Pina, Diario Público
English: "Bikes vs cars is a very interesting documentary that leaves no arguments for the defenders of the car, that the cities for are cars and not for people, and that provides data to be taken into account."
"Aquello que mueve a Bikes vs cars es algo tan simple como necesario: la denuncia de que las ciudades del siglo XXI son un territorio hostil para todo movimiento que no se haga en coche. Al margen del peatón, quien más acusa este entorno urbano potencialmente violento son las bicicletas." From Algunas razones de peso por las que los coches deberían desaparecer, Ignacio Pato, PlayGround
English: "What moves Bikes vs cars is something as simple as necessary: the claim that the cities of the XXI century are hostile territory for any movement that is not made by car. Outside of pedestrians, who would suffer from this potentially violent urban environment but bicycles."
"Bikes vs Cars deja claro que ciudades como Sao Paulo, Toronto o Los Angeles no son las más indicadas y han crecido pensando en la circulación de coches, motos y otros transportes de tracción a motor." From Bikes vs Cars: En busca de la armonía entre bicis y coches, Ignasi Ferrer, Cinedivergente
English: "Bikes vs Cars makes clear that cities like Sao Paulo, Toronto and Los Angeles are not the most suitable and have grown thinking only about the circulation of cars, motorcycles and other motor transport."