A big street party in the parking lot behind Velo Cult will kick off the 14th annual Filmed by Bike film festival tonight.
This isn’t just any party. There will be live performance art, a bike confessional storytelling booth, live DJs, a beer garden, group rides all over the place, a slow bike race, and who knows what else.
But beyond the fun is something even bigger: This is our film fest. A local, bike-inspired event that we should all be proud of (and support!). A testament to what’s possible when a city’s bike culture is hitting on all cylinders.
Filmed by Bike inspires and entertains people all over the globe with its unique collection of bike movies, and it’s also an amazing success story. It’s hard to believe this little event that northeast Portlander Ayleen Crotty dreamed up way back when is now one of the best and biggest events of the year. In the past few weeks I’ve seen headlines about it in the media all over town. Now that’s inspiring.