BIKES vs CARS depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.
BIKES vs CARS, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten. Climate change and the daily stress of being locked up in a car frustrate people more than ever. People in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself tool for change. But still: Car sales are booming. 1 billion cars today. 2 billion in 2020.
A work-in-progress for release in 2015.
Last year American filmmaker Morgan Spurlock asked Fredrik Gertten to participate in Cinelan's FOCUS FORWARD short film series. THE INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET, about designers Anna & Terese in Malmö, Sweden became a viral hit last summer. On Vimeo alone we have over 10 million hits, clearly showing that WE ARE MANY. Focus Forward shorts
Joe Berlinger, the two-time Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody winning filmmaker, decided to ditch his car for the bike after spending time in Malmö, Sweden. Here, he tells us why he supports BIKES vs CARS.
The Yes Men, alias Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, are mostly famous for impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them and raise awareness about what they consider problematic social issues. Now, we also know them as supporters of BIKES vs CARS! They sent us this greeting from a local New York bike shop to tell us just how important they think the bike is.
Morgan Spurlock, director of Supersize Me and One Direction: This Is Us, takes a Citibike for a stroll through NYC while spreading some BIKES vs CARS love.