WWBC Bike Film Series
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You've never seen anything like The Triplets of Belleville, 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
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 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