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WWBC Bike Film Series

Movies coming soon:

Afghan Cycles will be shown Friday, March 12 at 7:30 pm 

The bicycle may seem a simple form of transportation and sport, but for women around the world it can be a tool of empowerment. Afghan Cycles follows a new generation of young Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a literal and metaphorical vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.

Afghan Cycles is a 2018 documentary directed by Sarah Menzies and produced by Shannon Galpin. The film has won several awards at international film festivals, and the Afghanistan women’s cycling team was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. You can read more about the film and the filmmaker in Bicycling magazine. The movie has a running time of 90 minutes and you can watch the trailer here.  

The talk and screening are free to Western Wheelers and their guests, but please register here to receive the Zoom link via confirmation email.  

See you at the movies!

Movies previously shown in this series:

Quicksilver was shown Friday, February 19 at 7:30 PM on Zoom

Jack Casey (played by Kevin Bacon) is a young floor trader who loses all of his company’s savings on a risky business decision. Deflated, he quits his job and becomes a bicycle messenger in San Francisco, working with a colorful cast of characters and getting into dangerous situations. 

The movie is a cultural tribute to the ‘80s--complete with chase scenes, bike stunts, a catchy soundtrack and a predictable love story. The film has a running time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and you can watch the trailer here.  

The talk and screening are free to Western Wheelers and their guests. 

See you at the movies!

Blood Road was shown Friday, January 15 at 7:30 pm on Zoom

Blood Road is a 2017 documentary by Nicolas Schrunk and starring endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch. It follows the journey of endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch and her riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal? To find the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos 40 years earlier.

During the poignant voyage, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re traveling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives.

The movie won numerous festival awards and a News & Documentary Emmy in 2018. The running time is 1 hour, 36 minutes and you can watch the trailer here.  

The talk and screening are free to Western Wheelers and their guests. 

See you at the movies!

Amazon.com: Bicycle Thieves (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]: Lamberto  Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Vittorio De Sica: Movies & TV

The Bicycle Thief was shown on Zoom, Friday November 20, 2020

The Bicycle Thief (also known as The Bicycle Thieves or Ladri di biciclette) is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle--his only means to support his young family.

Adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini from the 1946 novel by Luigi Bartolini, the film stars Lamberto Maggiorani as the desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his plucky young son. The Bicycle Thief received an Academy Honorary Award for most outstanding foreign language film in 1950, and in 1952 was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine's poll of filmmakers and critics. Fifty years later, another poll organized by the same magazine ranked it the sixth greatest film ever made, and Turner Classic Movies cited it as one of the most influential films in cinema history. 

The Bicycle Thief is in Italian with English subtitles and has a running time of 1 hour, 33 min.  The Bicycle Thief Trailer

Half the Road was shown on Zoom, Friday October 23

Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women's Professional Cycling  (2013)

HALF THE ROAD  is a 2014 sports documentary film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. With footage from some of the world’s best UCI races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive.  Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women’s pro cycling take the audience on a journey of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humor and best of all, change and growth.

Running time:  1 hour  52 minutes      Half the Road Trailer

All For One was shown on Zoom, Friday, August 14. 

All For One is a 2017 documentary about the making of Austrialia's first ProTour Cycling Team, The GreenEdge team.  A five year journey. Thousands of miles. Champions born. United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against the odds, team members Mathew Hayman, Esteban Chaves, Simon Gerrans, Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen show the true meaning of "All for One." Follow these courageous cyclists on their long road to become Australia's first ProTour cycling team, with plenty of laughs along the way. 

Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes    All for One Trailer 


The Triplets of Belleville was shown over Zoom on July 16, 2020

You've never seen anything like The Triplets of Belleville (2003), a wildly inventive and highly original animated feature crowded with colorful characters and fantastic imagery. Kidnapped by mysterious henchmen, a Tour de France cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. His grandmother and faithful dog follow his trail and are taken in by a trio of eccentric jazz-era divas.

The 2003 film was writer and director Sylvain Chomet’s first feature. Highly praised by audiences and critics for its unique style of animation, it was nominated for an Academy award for Best Animated Feature and consistently ranks at the top of bike movie lists. Running time: 1 hr, 20 min. 

You can watch the trailer here.

Premium Rush was shown over Zoom on June 19, 2020

Premium Rush is a 2012 American thriller directed by David Koepp and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. For bike messenger Wilee, dodging speeding cars, evading crazy cab drivers, and blowing by millions of cranky pedestrians on his fixie is all in a day's work. Although he’s one of New York’s most skilled messengers, he is completely unprepared for what happens after his last run of the day turns into a life-or-death chase through Manhattan. Running time: 1 hr, 32 min. 

Watch the trailer here

Wadjda was shown over Zoom on May 15, 2020

Wadjda (2013) is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour broke many barriers with her film.

Running Time: 1 hour  38 minutes    Wadjda Trailer  

Breaking Away was shown on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020  

Breaking Away is a 1979 Coming of age Comedy/Drama

1980 Golden Globe Winner for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

1980 Academy Award Winner for Best Original Screenplay

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends Cyril (Daniel Stern), Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) and Mike (Dennis Quaid) spend their post-high school days in Bloomington, Indiana, sparring with snooty students from the local university, chasing girls and--in Dave's case--dreaming of competitive bicycle racing. The four friends face opposition from all corners as they decide to make Dave's dreams come true in the university's annual bicycle endurance race.

Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes    Breaking Away Trailer

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