Nature as Inspiration: BIKES vs CARSInternational | 2015 | 90 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary, Environment, Family & Kids
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
Saturday May 28, 2016
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Fredrik Gertten
POST SCREENING Q&A GUESTS:
Fredrik Gertten – Director
Ed Begley, Jr – Environmentalist/Actor
Dave Whitmon – MV Joint Transportation Committee
The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.
From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.
BIKES, which Indiewire called Revelatory is a fascinating examination of the bicycle as a tool for societal change. From Sao Paolo to Copenhagen to Los Angeles, the film links our climate issues and the world s many over-extended resources to the urban design of car-centric cities worldwide and the combined forces of multi-billion dollar auto, oil, and construction industries determined to keep our cities car dependent.
Our Q&A Guests:
ED BEGLEY, JR.
Ed Begley, Jr. will receive the Film Society’s 2016 Environmental Action Award. Many know Mr. Begley for his role in the popular ‘80s television series, ST. ELSEWHERE. Recently he has been an important and leading voice for renewable energy and environmental conservation. A bicycle-as-transportation advocate, Mr. Begley’s reality television series ON BEGLEY STREET chronicles his family’s journey to build the greenest, most sustainable home in North America.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed is considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists. He’s also active with many other organizations.
FREDRIK GERTTEN, Director
Fredrik Gertten is an award winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden. In 1994 he founded the production company WG Film. Before he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines filmmaking with a role as a creative producer on WG Film – famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his
hometown. Dole Food company made his film BANANAS! controversial by suing the company, producer and director. The fight for the film and freedom of speech won international recognition. In Sweden awarded with several prizes including the Anna Politkovskaya freedom of speech award.
In His Own Words:
Born in a city where the bike is the natural choice for going from one place to another, I’ve travelled the world wondering why there are so few bicycles. Now, the car model as we know it has reached an extreme level with constant gridlock and millions of productive hours lost. Frustration is growing and cities need to look into new models.
The new urban biking is pushing this development. It’s a growing movement, which I’ve now seen around the world. People who simply put a sign on their bike saying “ONE LESS CAR.” A Do-It-Yourself attitude towards a global crisis.
It’s a positive message. If all cities adopted the model of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute within the city on bikes, it would be a radical change for the world. Something you can measure in health, pollution, oil usage.
And now the conflict. The car industry is in the center of our economic system. For the car owners and commuters that have become so invested in their lifestyle, it will be painful to change. It’s a conflict that interests me, and that is why I decided to take on this project. A project of passion.
“Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities’ unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.” -Martin Tsai, LA Times
“Watching a teacher lead a group of schoolchildren around a busy Bogota on their little bikes, teaching them how to safely navigate their city on their own power, you might feel hopeful for the future of eco-friendly transportation.” -Maeve Gallagher, Village Voice
San Francisco Green Festival 2015
Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival - Best Film, 2015
Ed Begley Jr. on his way to the 2015 Oscars
Director, Fredrik Gertten
DAVE WHITMON, Island Resident, MV Joint Transportation Committee member and "velonaut"
Dave's Undriver's license... Read the MV Times article about his velomobile!