Film Festival 2019

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Why does Motoblot have a film festival?

While there will be no red carpet at the entrance or fancy dress code enforced, the Motoblot Film Festival is an important event for cinematic art. This year’s carefully curated, moto-centric lineup of films tells unique stories, highlights subcultures and explores social issues. Dive into the glamour and grit presented by filmmakers who are driven to share their perspectives, emotions and desires through film.
Film festivals provide a platform for filmmakers to introduce their work, gain feedback and attract further support. Now in it’s third year, festivals like Motoblot’s have helped open doors for many iconic filmmakers. Motoblot is a perfect opportunity to support filmmakers that invest in sharing the stories that represent our diverse moto cultures.
Film Festival curator: Lisa Osmon
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Rebel Yell.

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Saturday

Oil In The Blood
Feature documentary
Producer and director: Gareth Maxwell Roberts
Longtime producer and director: Gareth Maxwell Roberts, (Gloves Off, Montana, and the award-winning Kill Kill Faster Faster, to name a few.).

OIL IN THE BLOOD explores the growing subculture of custom bike building by talking to the people that drive the scene; the builders, riders, artists, photographers, and curators. The film is chock full of discussions with boundary-pushers like Chris Hunter (Bike EXIF), Federal Moto, Jay Choppahead (Mayhem Machines), Mike Rabideau (Majik Mike Designs), Tim Harney (Tim Harney Motorcycles), Jessica Wertz (Brooklyn Invitational), Ross Sharp (The Bike Shed), David Boras (El Solitario) and many, many more.

The Absence of Boundaries
The Absence of Boundaries is a short experimental motorcycle film.

Disadvises
Director: Rafael Bedoni
All motorcyclists receive advice from friends and family about riding. It’s an internal conflict that rings true for many and often results in torn feelings and guilt. Listen to their advice, or continue that which gives so much pleasure?

Choppers Lets Ride
Feature Documentary
Director: Pierre-Paul Puljiz
‘Choppers, Let’s Ride’ is a documentary film dedicated to the renaissance of the chopper scene in California, featuring major figures the Cycle Zombies, Dean Micetich, Wil Thomas III, Go Takamine, and many others. Why ride a motorcycle in 2018 with an extra long fork, a rigid frame, no front brake and a total outlaw vibe? “Because it sings the song of eternal freedom”, as Paul d’Orléans says in the film.

 

Female Biker Group The Litas-Kickstands Up
Short narrative
Director: Adam Sandoval

My goal is to share the most interesting bikers the world has to offer… In this episode of Kickstands Up Adam Sandoval brings us inside an overnight ride with The Litas! This group of lady riders inspires women to break free and live life to the fullest.

Starring:
Sharry Billings @sistermother13
Brenna Leigh Noguez @bzleigh
Erika West @erikalwest
Tana Roller @tanaroller
Christina Spell @tunkalivity
Alessandra @alessandra_bz

Featuring:
– The Litas @thelitas
– The Litas San Gabriel Valley @thelitas_sgv
– The Litas Los Angeles @thelitas_losangeles
– The Litas Salt Lake City @thelitas_saltlakecity

La Litas
Short documentary
Director: William Desena 

This is a film about Gevin Fax, the oldest member of the women motorcycle collective, The Litas. Growing up in Los Angeles as an African American lesbian in the 1960s, Gevin found that the world wasn’t always forgiving. She started riding dirt bikes at the age of twelve which distanced her even further from the other kids. Though it was because of her love for riding that gifted her peace of mind; it was her meditation, her medicine, her way to escape all of the other noise. Now, because of The Litas, she shares her love for the road with thousands of women all over the world.
-William Desena

The Litas exists as the world’s largest female biking collective and provides a inclusive community for female riders globally. In 2016 I met a Lita member while backpacking Costa Rica. This led me to LA based Lita member, Gevin Fax. Gevin stuck me as a leader and tenacious headstrong woman right off the bat. I am inspired by Gevin’s unapologetic ability to follow her heart while empowering others to do the same. My hope is this film will instill the same flame for our audience to pursue whatever it is that makes them feel most alive.
-Lindsey Hagen

Brought to you by: Red Bull Media House
Featuring: Gevin Fax & The Litas
Produced by: Stept Studios 

 

Cafe Racer
Short documentary
Director: Robert Milton Wallace

The Rocker, Eddie Tudor-Pole, is an old Punk from a band call “Ten pole Tudor”. And the Tudor part of his name? He’s related to Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary and Elizabeth I! Joe Strummer also has a  role.

Tom Fugle
Short documentary
Director: Scott Pommier

Longtime bike-builder, 72-year-old Tom Fugle is working to complete a chopper for the Born Free motorcycle show. After years of toiling in relative obscurity and near poverty Tom’s work is at last getting some recognition. TWO YEARS AFTER THIS film was made Bike-builder, artist, and founding member of El Forastero Motorcycle Club -Tom Fugle died at his home in Sioux City, Iowa in December 2016. He was 75.

3 Wheeling
Feature documentary
Director: Nathan Russell-Raby

Experience the spectacular sport of sidecar racing as the top riders take on the world’s most dangerous race: the Isle of Man TT. Watch TT Legend Dave ‘Moly’ Molyneux go head to head with multiple world champion Tim Reeves. Meet the fearless passengers Dan Sayle and Patrick Farrance. Follow all the drama from the inside with team managers Andy Faragher and Austrian ace Klaus ‘Klaffi’ Klaffenböck.

Elspeth Beard: One of the Early Globetrotters
Short narrative
Elspeth Beard is one of a select band of bold women to ride a motorcycle around the world, and she was the first Englishwoman to do so. She achieved this feat thirty years ago, in the days before sat-nav, internet, email and mobile phones, and she did it mostly alone. (Worth noting that before starting her trip, she wrote a letter to BMW, inquiring about some endorsement possibilities and they politely refused.)

Transcend
Short narrative
Production House: CHAINWHEEL MOTO.

“Transcend is a short documentary about motorcycle racing and riding in New England. Featuring riders such as Robby Marshall, Brody Wilson, Jimmy Decotis, Nick Batten, Johnny Girroir, Tyler Sweeney, and many more.”

Subzero
Feature documentary
Producer: Oliver Solaro

Riding over 40,000 km in subzero temperatures with more than 5,000 of that below -30°C (which can feel like -75° at highway speeds) on the polar ice has taught Oliver a thing or two about dealing with harsh conditions.

Oliver Solaro, who goes by the nickname Brokentooth, is the key cast member in the 2017 film AKA Brokentooth – Canada’s Ice Road Biker. He’s also a modern day explorer who has ridden roughly 8,000 km to the Wapusk Trail, retraced one of Samuel de Champlain’s routes through Ontario, ridden the ice roads up to Attawapiskat, rode to northern Ontario to pay homage at Bill Barilko’s crash sight, and last year hauled 1,000 lbs of dog food up to landlocked Churchill, Manitoba – in the mind of winter – with temperatures sometimes at -46℃. 

Rally For Rangers
Short narrative
Directed, Edited and Produced by: Jeff Colhoun
Written by: Ethan Cunningham

Every year, a group of intrepid adventurers from around the world band together to deliver new motorcycles to rangers patrolling the Mongolian heartland. Without these precious vehicles, park rangers working tirelessly to protect ecologically important regions would have to patrol thousands of miles on foot or horseback. Led by former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert “Mac” McIntosh, these motorcyclists make their week-long journey from the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar to Otgontenger National Park, passing through stunning vistas like the Flaming Cliffs, Ongiin Khiid Monastery, and the Singing Sand Dunes.

The Unfamiliar Road
Feature documentary
Producer: Daniel Greening

The Unfamiliar Road is a documentary feature film following the overland journey on a motorcycle from Perth, Western Australia to London in the United Kingdom. Together with his two best friends, Daniel Greening left his job and home behind in Australia to set off on the open road in search of an extraordinary adventure. Armed with his camera equipment, the events that followed involved riding to the highest motorable road in the world, travelling on onion boats and enduring everything from the scorching Australian outback to the ice and snow of the Himalayas. In what is a compelling story of friendship, cultural experience and determination, The Unfamiliar Road is sure to get you inspired to travel!

I Hate Ladies
Short narrative
Produced and Directed by: Sofia Wikelid
Co directors: Agnes Wentzel Blank and Vanja Lamm
Out of an estimated number of 200 000 ‘boda boda’ drivers in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala there is only one woman: Naume Awero. These motorcycle taxis got their name from the bikes that used to transport people across the border between Uganda and Kenya – from “border to border”. I Hate Ladies follows Naume and exposes how her attitude towards women has been affected by her background and daily life in a male-dominated business.

 

 

The Malle Mile
Short film
Produced: by: Hoxton Moto

This film was shot at the Malle London event ‘The Mile’ 2017. Motorcycles of all description line up to compete in the ‘Hill Climb’ event. An eclectic mix of Vintage, Classic, Bobbers, Brats, Cafe Racer, Modern machines and Scooters roll up to take on each other, sometimes its a miss match – but no one seems to care. The event took place in the grounds of Kefington Hall and was organised by Robert and Jonathan of Malle London.

Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles
Short narrative
Produced and directed by: Andrew David Watson

In a crowded Philadelphia garage, Adam Cramer revives vintage motorcycles and the American tradition of grease-stained self-reliance.

The Wild Angels
Feature Film 1966
Director: Roger Corman
Embittered by his experience working with 20th Century Fox on The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), and weary of the Poe films for American International Pictures, Roger Corman was in dire need of inspiration for his next production. He found it in Life magazine, which featured a photo of the funeral of Mother Miles, head of the Sacramento, California, Hell’s Angels. From this picture came both The Wild Angels and the biker-movie genre itself. Peter Fonda, who replaced George Chakiris, stars as brooding Angels chieftain Heavenly Blues. When his pal Loser (Bruce Dern) is shot by police, Blues attempts to bury him in a small town, but the locals resist, and a brawl ensues. Audiences and critics were alternately appalled and thrilled by the extensive drug use and violence, but beneath Angels‘ leathery hide beats the heart of a Western, especially in its ruminations on personal freedom. Charles Griffith’s script (cowritten by Peter Bogdanovich, who also cameos in the film) helped make Angels the sole U.S. entry for the 1966 Venice Film Festival, which irked the State Department enough to try and revoke the honor. Corman’s direction, freed from AIP’s period pieces, is lean and exuberantly active, aided by Monte Hellman’s editing. The film helped give Fonda the counterculture clout to later make Easy Rider, and boosted the careers of Dern and then-wife Diane Ladd; Nancy Sinatra, however, renounced the picture, fearful of its effect on her image. Mike Curb’s score features Davie Allan and the Arrows’ fuzz-tone-soaked hit “Blues’ Theme.” 

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Easy Rider
50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING Feature film – Original release date was July 14th 1959
Director: Dennis Hopper
Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), two Harley-riding hippies, complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth. On their journey, they experience bigotry and hatred from the inhabitants of small-town America and also meet with other travelers seeking alternative lifestyles. After a terrifying drug experience in New Orleans, the two travelers wonder if they will ever find a way to live peacefully in America.

Sunday

Easy Rider
50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
Feature film – Original release date was July 14th 1959
Director: Dennis Hopper
Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), two Harley-riding hippies, complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth. On their journey, they experience bigotry and hatred from the inhabitants of small-town America and also meet with other travelers seeking alternative lifestyles. After a terrifying drug experience in New Orleans, the two travelers wonder if they will ever find a way to live peacefully in America.

 

The Grizzly Ride Out Invitational 2018
Film by: Sebastien Zanella
Every year, we cross the mountains and ride with a group of friends to celebrate the end of winter. This is what we call the Grizzly Ride. 

Nowhere Near
Directors: Combo Entertainment
Camera: Tim Luedin
Production: Combo Entertainment
Watch a peaceful 2 minutes and 30 seconds of a group of friends riding, set to music.

Bike Heaven
Experimental Short
Directed by: Joakim Wijk
Winner of Mototematica, Rome Official Motorcycle Film Festival 2018.

Official Selection at the LISBON MOTORCYCLE FILM FEST 2019.

Beautiful cinematography showing the love affair between man and motorcycle. 

The Worlds Slowest Harley
Directors: Léo Terreros, Pierre André Lhomme
Growing up in France, Pierre André Lhomme was surrounded by old military Harley-Davidson motorcycles that were left over after the war. He’s been riding them with his family since he was a child. Intrigued by the Bonneville Salt Flats, Pierre André dreamed to go to Bonneville and break a record with his old Harley. But, how could an old WLA Harley-Davidson have any chance to do it on the world’s fastest speedway? This is the story of The World’s Slowest Harley.

No Ordinary Passenger
Short Documentary
Directed and produced by: Cabell Hopkins
This is the story of an ex-world sidecar champion, Stan Dibben, who tells the story of his career in racing and about the perils of being a ‘passenger’ in such a dangerous sport. And in the end, he proves he’s still got what it takes… 

Critchlow
Produced by: 27transmissions
Beautiful black and white film FEATURING THE CRITCHLOW FAMILY – TROY, TERESA, HUNTER AND BABY JUNE

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Short documentary
Director: Cam Elkins
Alicia Mariah Elfving, is a motorcycle rider, writer, and photographer. The motorcycle has changed her life. Ride over her shoulder along the epic landscapes of Highway 33 through Los Padres National Forest in Ojai, California. Her motto, comes from dare-devil author Hunter S. Thompson, is reflected in her ferocious approach to life:”Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”

Wayne
Feature documentary
Director: Jeremy Sims
Wayne’ is the true story of 1987 World Motorcycle Champion Wayne Gardner’s triumphant journey from riding a five-dollar dirt bike to the international summit of motorcycle sport. The film is also a love story, with Wayne’s girlfriend, Donna-Lee Kahlbetzer, never far from the action.

Hailing from the working-class town of Wollongong in Australia, Wayne quickly excels in local motorcycle racing. After dropping out of high school and being fired from his tube-making apprenticeship, Wayne has to rely on his dogged determination to fulfil his dream.

Wayne’s bare-knuckle riding style catches the attention of Mamoru Moriwaki, leader of a Japanese team and engineer of almost mythical status. Never one to let an opportunity slide, Wayne accepts Moriwaki’s invitation to race in England and beyond.

Against all odds, Wayne wins his first race and permanently stamps his name on international motorcycle racing. However, like a fish out of water, the Australian is lost without his girlfriend Donna who is the cornerstone to his success. With Donna at his side, Wayne climbs the ranks of Grand Prix motorcycle racing quickly. But along with the fame and fortune comes tragedy and trauma and in the sophisticated world of Grand Prix, Wayne clashes with riders who are more calculated and refined than the larrikin kid from Wollongong.

Wayne fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming 500cc World Champion in 1987, however, his good fortune does not last long. Honda redesigns his championship-winning bike and Wayne quickly learns it is rife with mechanical problems. Things go from bad to worse when Honda signs Wayne’s arch nemesis, Yamaha rider Eddie Lawson, behind his back. Wayne is devastated by what he perceives as Honda’s betrayal. When Wayne arrives at the inaugural Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, exhausted from a frenzy of media appearances and with the odds stacked against him, Wayne is inspired to perform at his best. With a roaring crowd of 100,000 urging him on, Wayne triumphantly wins the race and hearts of all Australians that day.

Success often means pushing oneself and those around you to the absolute limit. The attributes that allowed Wayne to be a world champion ultimately take their toll on his relationship with Donna, but the two remain close friends. Now, as determined as ever, Wayne supports his sons, Remy and Luca, as they begin their international motorcycle racing careers.

Hogslayer
Feature Documentary
Director: Jim Cutting
Award-winning true-life story of the dual-engine Norton motorcycle dragster designed, built, and raced by TC Christenson and John Gregory of Sunset Motors. The documentary chronicles the Sunset Motors Racing Team’s unrivaled innovation and unbridled courage as they faced unyielding challengers throughout the United States and Europe in the 1970’s.