Two filmmakers' struggle to infiltrate an exclusive underground bicycle club.
A decade since the premiere of BIKE CLUB at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) the names have changed but the themes are more relevant than ever. We have the most corporatist, consumerist, clubbiest, Presidential administration in our history and the underground is rising up once again. “Less Cars More Bikes!” is as relevant a rallying cry as it ever was.
Shot in 2004 on the eve of the Republican Convention, the film explores the legendary underground Black Label Bike Club in their fight against corporate, consumer, car driven culture. At the center of the film is protagonist Anthony Howard’s quest to be admitted into the bike club and his struggle with his own demons as he comes to learn the world is run by clubs who define themselves by who they exclude as much as whom they include.
Driven by anti-materialism and a belief that the impending apocalypse will render cars useless and leave bicycles in power, Black Label Bike Club (BLBC) battles mainstream consumer culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. Pulling threads from Critical Mass and the wider bike counterculture, Bike Club explores such themes as radical politics, personal artistic vision, global responsibility, relationships, group formation, and perhaps most prominently, pain and love.
Broken Social Scene,
Explosions in the Sky,
A Silver Mt. Zion,
Matt and Kim,
Rashaan Roland Kirk,
Cul De Sac,
Infernal Noise Brigade,
Rockets From The Tombs,
Co-directors, Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard follow the Brooklyn chapter of BLBC for over two years to meetings, parties, jousts, gatherings of the tribes in Amsterdam and Minneapolis, and the protests of the 2004 Republican National Convention to create their masterpiece. This fascinating and gorgeously gritty film provides insight into a passionate subculture, and exposes the darker aspects of living on the wild side. Edited from over 385 hours of footage for over 2 years Fountainhead Films presents Bike Club, a riveting look into the ways in which identity is important for a collective of fiercely independent people.
Fountainhead Films Presents "Bike Club" A Voyvak Film
Directed by: Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard
Produced by: Fredric King and Jacob Septimus
©2007 Fountainhead Films, Inc. All Rights Reserved
720p 89mins 16X9 021718