First of all - thank you. The films from our previous Kickstarter campaigns, Big Boys Gone Bananas!* and Bikes vs Cars, have now met audiences in soon 100 countries around the world. For us at WG Film, audience matters. It’s our ambition to always answer tweets, emails and posts 24/7. We now have friends all over the world that help spread the word and organize screenings of our films.
Can films change the world? Maybe, because people can and films with a warm heart can inspire to action. We love when documentary films are used as tools for change. I have met audiences in many countries now. Always a bliss. After Big Boys Gone Bananas!* people told me about their own experience of oppressed free speech, or the power of the lobbyists. Bikes vs Cars created a local debate on city planning in now more than 2.000 cities around the world. Some people parked their cars for good.
Now WG Film is launching Joakim Demmer's DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS. This is a film that will make people talk about land investments and land grabbing — the ongoing global crisis where the poorest are pushed away from their livelihood. 750 million peasant farmers around the world are now under pressure. They are the ones feeding the world and must be a part of the solution, not made victims. The film gives a voice to people who have lost everything. We now owe them a good distribution of their stories. That’s what this Kickstarter campaign is about.
We now have one week left of our campaign and still have a long way left to go. Most pledges are quite small, so it means that we need to be many. We have no rich uncles, only a lot of friends — like you. Please support and share. This energy is what the world needs today.
Just over 3 years ago, we celebrated the end of a successful Bikes vs Cars Kickstarter campaign, through which we reached over 2000 people in over 50 countries!
Now, with a finished film delivered to our amazing community, Bikes vs Cars has been seen in over 70 countries to a countless number of people, at festivals, special screenings, cinemas, schools, on Vimeo, at conferences, in bike shops, outdoors, indoors, projected through pedal power, preceded by bike rides and proceeded by panel discussions and Q&As with the film crew, the film subjects, activists, city mayors, NGOs, etc. etc. What an awesome, awesome journey this film and the team have been on.
So, once again, THANK YOU, tack, merci, danke, gracias, arigato, grazie, obrigado to all of you for all of your continued support! WE ARE SO SO SO MANY!
European Mobility Week is here! From September 16th-22nd, and you can celebrate with screenings of Bikes vs Cars all over Europe (and the rest of the world)! Below you'll find the full schedule and all upcoming screenings can be found here.
FRIDAY, September 16th:
Leipzig, Germany - Querbeet Leipzig
Cologne, Germany - Haus der Architektur Köln
Oyonnax, France - Cinema Aragon
Valencia, Spain - Jardí del Museu Casa Polo
Madrid, Spain - Filmoteca Española
Badalona, Catalonia - Musea Badalona
Mount Pleasant, Washington DC - Lamont Park
SATURDAY, September 17th:
Olbia, Italy - Libreria dell'Isola
Teplice, Czech Republic - Cafe Schonau
MONDAY, September 19th:
Würzburg, Germany - Central Programmkino
Flora, Norway - Flora Samfunnshus
WEDNESDAY, September 21st:
Tours, France - University François Rabelais
Le Mans, France - Librairie Thuard
Reutlingen, Germany - Kamino
Regensburg, Germany - Kinos im Andreasstadel
Dresden, Germany - Programmkino Ost
Bruxelles, Belgium - Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Milton, Ontario - Milton Sports Center
THURSDAY, September 22nd (Car-free Day)
Barcelona, Spain - Superilla Poble Nou 22
Updates for the Android version of the Bikes vs Cars app have now been released! Here's a list of the new features you can find:
-Automatic tracking: No longer need to start and stop the tracking manually (this feature requires internet connection+app running in the background)
-Last trip page: Shows your last bike trip and compares it to public transportation and car.
-Sharing functions: You can now easily share your achievement and your last trip to social media.
The app also now has clear connections to this website and the website where the global data is collected, bikedataproject.com
If you haven't already downloaded the app, you can find it here for Android or iPhone. iPhone updates will follow this upcoming fall!
Director Fredrik Gertten was in Paris, France today to accept the Talents du Vélo award, an annual award given to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of daily cycling. The competitors are assessed on the exemplarity of the work they provide and on their commitment in regards to sustainable mobility and citizenship. The award is presented by Le Club des villes et territoires cyclables.
From the jury: "The Gold award is a very special award. It is meant to highlight and honor a project the jury considered especially relevant in regards to the purpose of promoting cycling as a daily mode of transport. Fredrik Gertten was chosen as the award's recipient based on the importance of his documentary, Bikes vs Cars, which we believe addresses critical issues, such as the power of the lobbyists in the car industry. The jury appreciated, among other qualities, the film's accuracy, its cinematography and the original music composition."
The 2016’s edition of Talents du Vélo is organized in partnership with ADEME, Altinnova, UNIVELO, FING and the association des maires Ville et banlieue.
We’re very proud to share that Bikes vs Cars has been involved with a great new program in Malmö, Sweden, called Talent Without Borders. TWB is an initiative co-founded by a number of organizations with the objective to lower the threshold for new coming talent to gain entry into the Swedish job market. A part of this program is ‘Hackademy’, a boot camp for developers in which the participants get the opportunity to work together on a real project, learn new skills and experience a Swedish workplace from the inside. We have had the privilege of being involved in this program with the Bikes vs Cars app, and for the past two months, the app’s community manager Glynnis Ritter has been working with the eight incredibly talented participants on further developing our Android version.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8th), at 5pm CET, the Hackademy participants will graduate from the program. The ceremony will be live streamed from our Facebook page and we hope you’ll join us to learn more about Talent Without Borders, the developers and the work we’ve been doing on the app.
We're proud to share that Influence Film Club has named Bikes vs Cars their May "Film of the Month"! Influence Film Club is an online platform that engages new and diverse audiences around documentary film by facilitating small film clubs. They were also early supporters of our film, having given us a generous grant to help with the production of Bikes vs Cars.
Check out this page, which is full of great resources, including an awesome discussion guide that we highly recommend for post-screening talks!
We just received a special delivery - boxes and boxes of Bikes vs Cars DVDs! Region free, with subtitles in English, Swedish, Spanish, French and Portuguese. These are ready to be shipped anywhere in the world! Order yours here.
If you buy 10 or more, we'll give you a special discount! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague recently hosted director Fredrik Gertten and the Czech premiere of Bikes vs Cars. While in Prague, Fredrik participated in a masterclass, which focused on, among other topics, his career in journalism, his experience as a documentary filmmaker and producer and the issue of local and global in his films.
One World also arranged a bike ride to one of the three Bikes vs Cars screenings which took place during the festival. Fredrik was there, along with friends from the Swedish Embassy in Prague and a huge crowd of bicyclists. Thanks to all who came out to the bike ride and to see the film! And thanks to One World for arranging a wonderful weekend of events.
Photos taken by Jan Hromadko