It's been a busy and productive last few months of filming, SWIMming and traveling for the BIKES vs CARS team. With summer upon us, we look forward to keeping the momentum going. In fact, starting this week, we'll have Benjamin Binderup and Sascha Fülscher here to continue editing the film.
In case you've missed our updates on Facebook and Twitter, here's a little peak at what else we've been up to and what more is to come:
In May, Fredrik traveled to Los Angeles to continue shooting for the film. In between filming days, he got the chance to meet some friends and supporters of the project at a brunch and pool party hosted by our US Executive Producer, Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car?, Revenge of the Electric Car). Those who attended got a special sneak peak of some work-in-progress scenes from the film. Thanks to all who joined us for the afternoon!
Fredrik's next stop was Berlin, in June. The team attended a bike rally organized by ADFC Berlin, where more than 200,000 bicyclists asked for safe bike lanes. It was an inspiring event to film and be apart of. Later in the week, Lobby Control, a NGO that works for transparency and democracy in Germany and the EU, took Fredrik and about twenty BIKES vs CARS friends on a tour of important auto lobby spots throughout Berlin. The tour took them to the lobby offices of Daimler/Mercedes, BMW, VW, as well as the Bundeskanzleramt, the office of the German head of government.
We love the opportunity to meet volunteers and supporters of BIKES vs CARS and look forward to more events like these in the future. If you'd like to join us for one, make sure to sign up on our website so that you don't miss out.
Next week, beginning Monday, May 12th, BIKES vs CARS will be participating in the SWIM LAB workshop #1 in Helsingborg, Sweden. SWIM, Scandinavian World of Innovative Media, is a two year initiative launched by CPH:DOX with the goal of stimulating media innovation in the Øresund Region.
Their LAB is a three stage training course that develops business opportunities and engagement strategies for projects within the field of innovative media. The last workshop will take place during CPH:DOX in November 2014. We look forward to working with the LAB team, as well as the many other talented participants!
Before heading to the workshop though, we're taking over SWIM's Instagram account! Follow SWIM @swimbabyswimm to see our updates all week.
While some members of the team are at the LAB, director
Fredrik Gertten will be in Los Angeles shooting for the film.
He flew off today and will be in LA for two weeks.
Follow us on Instagram @bikesvscars, on Twitter or
on Facebook to see what he's up to while he's there!
Happy National Bike Month!
-The BIKES vs CARS team
Along with press images and contacts, you can now find a list of articles written about BIKES vs CARS on our website's Press page. The Media Coverage section includes articles and blog posts from around the world, separated by language. We're happy to see that articles have been written in English, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German.
If you've come across an article, but don't see it on the page, let us know so that we can add it!
From all of us on the BIKES vs CARS team, we send you our best wishes for a happy holiday! As a little gift, please enjoy our BIKES vs CARS graffiti video!
Remember, we'd love to see BIKES vs CARS graffiti from around the world. Use your Propaganda Kit and send us pictures and videos to email@example.com or post them on Twitter and Instagram with the #bikesvscars. You can also leave them on our Facebook page.
Yesterday, we hit the streets of Malmö armed with spray paint and BIKES vs CARS stencils. We'll soon post a video showing the team leaving their traces around town. For now though, here's a few photos of the BIKES vs CARS graffiti art.
We think it would be really amazing to see BIKES vs CARS graffiti showing up not just around Malmö, but all over the world. Many of you have received our Propaganda Kit through Kickstarter. We encourage you to print out your stencils, hop on your bikes and spread BIKES vs CARS around your city too! Send us pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on Twitter and Instagram with the #bikesvscars. You can also leave them on our Facebook page.
For the past few weeks, Fredrik has been on the road, filming for BIKES vs CARS in Paris and São Paulo. Check out the latest video blog to hear about what he's been up to.
Stay tuned in the coming months for more VLOGS from Fredrik, where he'll keep you updated on the progress of BIKES vs CARS.
You can now check out our website's Thank You Wall, where the names of all 2000+ BIKES vs CARS contributors are proudly displayed. We've sorted the page by country, but you can click on each one to see what cities are represented as well. Maybe you'll find that some of your neighbors are BIKES vs CARS supporters too!
You may have seen this Christmas-inspired photo floating around the internet this past weekend. We'd love to see more bikes spruced up for the holidays. Send us photos by posting them on our Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #bikesvscars on Twitter and Instagram! If social media isn't your thing, just send us an email with the picture to email@example.com.
Kickstarter backers: look out for mail! We've been doing our best to get all your rewards sent out as quickly as possible so that you can start enjoying your WG Film docs and Propaganda Kits. If you haven't yet, make sure to fill out your Kickstarter survey so that we can go ahead and send you your rewards.
While we've been getting emails and packages sent out here at the office, Fredrik has been filming on the streets of Paris. He'll wrap up the year with a trip back to Sao Paulo, where the shooting will continue.
What's next for BIKES vs CARS? Keep checking up on the blog, where we'll make sure to keep you updated on any news!
What an exciting day for us at WG Film! At 3:28pm Swedish time, our Kickstarter ended with a final count of 82,124 USD and 2020 backers from 50 countries and 300 cities (that we know of)! We are overwhelmed by all of the support we've received by friends from around the world. Thank you so much for joining our BIKES vs CARS community!
If you or your friends are interested in contributing, but didn't get a chance to through Kickstarter, you can still make donations here. You also have the option to make a tax-deductible donation (US). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
As we write this, there are just 66 hours remaining of the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter campaign. On Friday, November 1st at 3:28pm Swedish time, 10:28am New York time and 7:28am LA time, it will officially end! Already, 1683 backers from almost 50 countries have given their support to help us reach our original goal of 50,000 USD. Now, we have one last initiative to bring in last minute backers.
From this point on, a very generous supporter, Todd D., has offered to match all new pledges AND all raised donations up to 10,000 USD. Give $5, it becomes $10. Already gave $10? Give $10 more and your total contribution becomes $30! Imagine what an extra $20,000 could do for all of us. That's a lot of international outreach and community building!