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‘Circle Century’ documents 660 lap, 100-mile ride around Ladd Circle

Avatar by on April 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Still from Circle Century.

Southeast Portland resident and hobbyist movie maker Merritt Raitt debuted a new film at Filmed by Bike over the weekend. Circle Century documents his attempt to ride 100 miles, non-stop around Ladd Circle.

Raitt, who lives just a few houses down from the circle, accomplished his feat back in August 2011 but his movie has just now been released to the public. I followed up with Merritt to ask him a bit more about what it was like to ride a 0.15 mile loop of a neighborhood street 660 times without any breaks.
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Filmmaker does 650 laps for a Ladd Circle century

Avatar by on August 1st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Does 650 laps sound like fun to you?

Remember Portlander Merritt Raitt? He’s the amateur filmmaker whose “Commuter Dreams” piece went viral (over 64,000 views and counting), became the toast of film festivals nationwide, and even won him a trip to the Tour de France.

Raitt’s next project is based just a few feet from his front door near Ladd Circle in Southeast Portland.

“I often ride centuries on the weekend,” Raitt told me about his new project, “and for some time now I have been thinking that it would be cool to ride a century on the circle.”[Read more…]

Filmed by Bike releases list of films for 2011 festival

Avatar by on February 8th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Filmed by Bike has just released the list of 37 films that have made the cut for their 2011 festival. Event director Ayleen Crotty says that over 100 films were submitted and that the festival jury spent two days reviewing and discussing films.

You’ll see some familiar names on this list as several of the movies have been covered here in some form before.

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Local filmmaker continues to ride “Commuter Dreams” success

Avatar by on October 1st, 2010 at 8:01 am

Legendary voices of pro bike racing,
Paul Sherwen (L) and Phil Liggett (R)
with Portlander Merritt Rait at the
Tour de France.
(Photo: Merritt Raitt)

Remember Merritt Raitt? He’s the 50-year old cardiologist and professional road racing fan whose amateur film, Commuter Dreams — which is his daily Portland commute masterfully set to the narration of a Tour de France stage — became an Internet sensation back in March. Since our story, the film has been viewed over 52,000 times.

Last night, Merritt got in touch with us to share his amazing journey since the film debuted.
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Video: A “Commuter Dreams” of the Tour de France

Avatar by on March 5th, 2010 at 7:45 am

Raitt, going for the stage win on the
final ascent through Riverview Cemetery.
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Portlander Merritt Raitt’s dreamy commute takes him from his home in Ladd’s Addition, along the Willamette River via the Springwater Corridor Trail, and then over the river and up the hills to Oregon Health Sciences University. It’s such a nice ride that Raitt decided to make a movie about it.

But Raitt didn’t make just any movie, he painstakingly edited a play-by-play of his commute that mimics a stage of the Tour de France — complete with narration by legendary announcers Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.
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