A Wild Ride 

"It was kind of cool how our advocacy in North Carolina went full circle and brought us back in to helping with advocacy in Boise."

Sweden. New Zealand. Slovenia. Those are just a few of the places attendees of Boise's Filmed by Bike film festival will get to visit on Friday, Jan. 18, without leaving their cushy theater seats. Filmed by Bike's traveling festival set comprises 16 short films that revolve around—you guessed it—bicycles. Though it originated at a massive weekend-long event in Portland, Oregon, the self-proclaimed collection of "the world's best bike movies" is a perfect fit for the cycle-crazy City of Trees, where it's set to screen on Friday night at the Egyptian Theatre for the third year running.

"They take their best-of for their traveling show from their multi-day festival, and then they divide it up into two different sections; one is called 'Bike Love' and the other one is called 'Adventure Shorts,'" said Bob Anthony, communications director for Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, the Boise-based group that organized Idaho's festival. "'Bike Love' is kind of like advocacy-type short films ... one last year was about a lady who did a mobile bike library, those kind of films. 'Adventure Shorts' is more like the kind of films you'd see from Redbull, when they put out films with downhilling, like extreme cycling."

Each section of the festival is about an hour long, with an intermission dividing the two halves.

This year, the 'Bike Love' slate includes films about a one-legged cyclist, an architect-turned-bike-builder and a trip down Route 66 on two wheels, among others, while 'Adventure Shorts' will showcase bikers in a myriad of places they probably shouldn't be—like the Arctic, or halfway across a river.

In addition to the Portland-sourced films, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance will add a Boise twist to the festival with a three-minute clip of Following the Lieutenant, a documentary film in progress from local filmmakers Eric Westrom and Seth Randall, with help from an entirely Idaho-based crew. The film follows a troupe of Civil War-era Buffalo soldiers, African-Americans serving in the Western U.S. who were on a mission to prove to the U.S. military that bicycles could replace horses for military service. The reenactment covers the troupe's 1,900-mile bike trip across four states in 1897, and will be ready for the festival circuit this summer. Read more about it on page 14.

"We're putting out the word at Filmed by Bike, to kind of give a boost to some of our local filmmakers in the hope that we'll get some more films entered in Filmed by Bike from the Boise area," Anthony said.

Randall and Westrom will be on hand for a Q&A, and both FBB Festival Director Ayleen Crotty and longtime FBB filmmaker Lars Larson will address the crowd. Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky, co-owners of the new Boise bike shop Spokey Joe's Bikes and Gear, which sponsored the festival this year, will join them.

Cutler and Zivinsky are new to Boise. They moved to the City of Trees from North Carolina, where they owned Bryson City Bicycles, in July of 2018, and opened Spokey Joe's on Dec. 1. A friend of theirs who had also relocated to Boise connected them with the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance just before the festival.

"It was kind of cool how our advocacy in North Carolina went full circle and brought us back in to helping with advocacy in Boise," said Cutler.

Zivinsky added, "[FBB was] never able to make it to our side of the Mississippi, so ... We've heard about it before, but we're fired up to be part of it. The stories that are told by the filmmakers are really, really cool."

Proceeds from this year's festival will go to Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, which will use them to further its mission of promoting responsible transportation—whether on two wheels or two feet.

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