On Monday, the Swedish Film Institute introduced this Spring's Swedish cinema lineup, where Fredrik presented BIKES vs CARS. Check out SVT's feature on the film and presentation here (in Swedish).
It is now official! On March 6th, BIKES vs CARS will be released in cinemas across Sweden, through distributor Folkets Bio. We are so looking forward to finally sharing the product of 2.5 years of hard work! In the upcoming weeks, we'll be announcing more screenings, so stay tuned for exciting news.
To get everyone ready for the premiere, we have released a brand new trailer for the film. We hope you enjoy it!
Fredrik Gertten will speak at the 4th edition World Bicycle Forum, taking place in Medellin, Colombia from February 26th to March 1st.
This year's theme is: “Ciudades para Todos – Cities for All”, relating to ideas geared for humans and living spaces. The forum will discuss how cities can be organized to the benefit of all it’s citizens.
Fredrik will be joined by a number of speakers from around the world, including former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa and Elly Blue, author of Bikenomics.
Interested in attending? You can register here.
Happy Holidays from BIKES vs CARS and the WG Film team. We hope there are many beautiful bikes waiting underneath your Christmas trees!
Stay tuned in the new year, when we look forward to announcing the World Premiere of BIKES vs CARS!
We want to send a huge thank you to the Swedish company Spacescape for their recent 10.000 SEK (1,500 USD) contribution to BIKES vs CARS. Spacescape, located in Stockholm, is an urban planning company which focuses on creating more sustainable urban development. As we work on finishing up the film, their donation comes as a huge help. Thank you so much for your support!
Make sure to check out their website to learn more about the great work they are doing.
From Spacescape: “The problem today is not the lack of knowledge about the relationship between urban planning, transport and sustainability. The problem is finding solutions to rebuild the city, which during the past 50 years built up a dependence on cars. That's why we want to support "Bikes vs. Cars", precisely because it draws attention to one of today's major societal challenges, but also constructively points out a different path, a path that unlike the highway is accessible and available to all."
Recently, director Fredrik Gertten traveled to Stockholm's Architecture and Design Center, where he gave a lecture on the battle for space in our streets and the motivations behind making BIKES vs CARS. You can see the full program here, in english with swedish subtitles. It's 40 minutes long, but worth a listen (bias aside...).
Fredrik's presentation was just one in a series of lectures titled "Cyklen och staden" or "The bike and the city." You can view all of them on UR Play.
Next week, beginning on September 15th, BIKES vs CARS heads back to the SWIM LAB for our second session of workshopping, right here in Malmö. This time around, we'll be focusing on concept development, business development and prototype/demo production. We're looking forward to another productive week with the LAB team and our fellow participants.
On September 15th and 17th, SWIM will host open lectures, focusing on new media methods and tools. Learn more about the events and register to attend here.
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.
Next weekend, on Saturday, September 6th, BIKES vs CARS will be participating in the Stockholm Cykelkarneval. Join us for a bicycle parade through the city, followed by a presentation from our producer, Elin and a screening of our trailer. There will be a number of other bicycle-related projects and organizations there too! Check out their website for more info and a complete schedule of events.
Hope to see you there!
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