The Motorcycle Film Festival

From Shorts To Full Length Features, Three Days Of Non-Stop Cycle Films

Article By: Elisa Seeger

Photos By: Katya Fine

Originally Published In The February 2017 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

The Motorcycle Film Festival was started in 2013 to have a place to showcase the love of motorcycles and all it means to us individually. Since its inception, the Motorcycle Film Festival has grown exponentially, the 4th Annual Motorcycle Film Festival took place this past September 14- 17, 2016 in The Gutter, a Williamsburg , Brooklyn bar where you could bowl, drink or view the customs bikes in between film blocks. The venue was an intimate setting where you could mingle with the filmmakers, host and the judges. There was everything from feature films, experimental, shorts and documentaries with an indy-minded culture which allowed something for everyone. T from shorts to full length features, three days of non-stop cycle films Full-length documentaries like Mancini, The Motorcycle Wizard were a glimpse into the solitary world of a motorcycle genius. To get an inside look at homegrown motorcycle racing is something you would never have the opportunity to do if not for this documentary. Through a series of interviews with Italian MotoGP guru Guido Mancini–and with disciples that included Rossi, Capirossi and Dovizioso–Mancini offers a fascinating firsthand account of the sport.

The host of this year’s festival; John Hensley was in his dream role, as an actor, screenwriter, motorcycle enthusiast, racer and daily rider; there could not have been a better mix of his two most favorite subjects. John was able to do some Q & A with the filmmakers and get a good feel for the role of motorcycles in their daily lives. His comment: “I’m impressed with how diverse the films are . . . even though they’re all about the same thing.” Speaks to the diversity of the sport. This was not a place geared towards a specific rider; Sport, British bikes, Harleys, Café racers, Customs, were all welcome. It truly celebrated the freedom and universal feeling of being a motorcyclist and the camaraderie of the group. The Motorcycle Film Festival will travel to various locations showcasing some of the films featured at the 4th Annual Motorcycle Film Festival. Stay tuned for the 5th annual Motorcycle Film Festival to take place September 27-30, 2017 at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room in Brooklyn, NY– You will surely be impressed with the selection of films and the celebration of motorcycling.

Editor’s Note: This was surprisingly good and I say that with all due respect. I’ll have to admit when the people from Motorcycle Film Festival asked me to be a judge for this year, then sent me the schedule full of film blocks, it seemed long and what might be a little bit grueling. I thought of amateurish type films with no or very little story line, but nothing could have been further from the truth. What started out for me as an experiment in “What is this all about” ended up in three days of a unique look into the world wide phenomenon of motorcycling through a very diverse set of eyes. You see the film makers were from all ends of the world, came into motorcycling in different ways and were men and women who were telling their stories and the stories of their heroes. As I sat on the edge of my seat during part of “The Indian Wrecking Crew” which was my favorite film by far, I looked around the room to see the likes of Cole Foster and Knucklehead Steve also very intensely following the story. The crowd of judges and onlookers was as diverse as the film makers themselves. Each block was comprised of three films: a short, a medium feature and a full feature film, which made the time seem to fly by and it was brilliant of the organizers to do it this way. Of the shorts there was a film where someone literally took an antique photo of a man and his son on a motorcycle that was all cracked and aged, and did a Photoshop restoration in time lapse to music. It was fantastic. Each film left you with the same summation, people who love motorcycles all have a deeper passion for what’s behind it all than it might seem on the surface. It was an honor to be involved in this event and after watching the same crowd reaction in Italy a few month’s later, I would suggest you take the opportunity to get it on it if it comes to your part of the world.

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