Portland EcoFilm Festival Features ‘BIKES VS CARS’
I really hope only one thing springs to mind when you hear "Portland" and "bicycles."
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons you might associate bicycles with a city that touts itself as "America's greenest" — in fact, more than 17,000 workers in Portland opt to commute via bicycle, which is the highest percentage for any large U.S. city. This may be one of the reasons why the Portland EcoFilm Festival, which wrapped up its main 2015 program in April, has resurfaced this week to screen the transportation-themed documentary Bikes vs Cars.
The latest project from director Chris Paine (who, unsurprisingly, has the films Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car to his credit), Bikes vs Cars was the result of a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, and investigates the societal and economic challenges involved in transitioning people away from their love of automobile-based transport. Bikes vs Cars received mixed reviews earlier this year (a particularly favorable one coming from SxSW) following an April release in the U.S., and the doc has now moved on to international screens. Criticism for the film deems it heavy-handed, and calls it out for suggesting that the real war is between motorists and cyclists instead of "progressive versus traditional urban street design," and the challenges cities face in encouraging and supporting bike use. But–like the confrontations we've all seen between motorists and cyclists on the road–there are real fireworks surrounding this issue, and who could resist devoting some serious screen time to that?
If you happen to be in Portland, Bikes vs. Cars will be screening August 20th at the Hollywood Theatre, where this year's dynamic earlier program was featured.
Perhaps a screening of Bikes vs Cars in Portland is a bit like preaching to the choir, but if any audience member is going to be moved to further action, it will be someone in the seats this Thursday.
Don't let us down, buddy.
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