About this project
THANK YOU! WE MADE IT.
YOU HELPED US SHOW THAT WE ARE MANY.
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Bikes vs Cars is not only a film, we are a part of a global movement. This feature-length documentary, a work-in-progress aiming for 2014 release, is meant to be used an engine for all of us that think change is needed and possible. The film will investigate the politics that keep the car model thriving. Here's a peak into the synopsis:
There’s an ongoing war: bikes vs cars. A multi-billion dollar industry that from early days has done everything to make society car dependent. Hundreds of billions of dollars are invested every year to sell the dream of car freedom. Now, oil prices and traffic gridlock have opened up room for bicycle revenge. Creative initiatives pop up, politicians and activists take on the mighty car. The car lobbyists have an enormous impact on city planning, in history and today. Do politicians dare to challenge the lobbyists?
The film will follow individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We also meet a car commercial director, oil lobbyists and politicians afraid to lose the car owner's vote.
A note from director Fredrik Gertten
"I was born in Malmö, Sweden, a city where the bike is the natural choice for going from one place to another. I’ve traveled the world wondering why there is so little space for bikes, why it's so dangerous when it's so much more fun to explore a city by bike. The car model as we know it has reached an extreme level with constant gridlock and millions of productive hours lost. The frustration is growing and cities need to look into new models.
The urban biking movement is growing. Beginning just for the passion, the freedom on the bike, it has evolved into a political movement asking for better city-planning, safe and separate bike lanes. We also suffer from the the anxiety of climate change, but we are at least doing something about it. In Copenhagen and Amsterdam forty percent commute within the city on bikes. Try to adopt that number to other huge cities in the world and you have an existing utopia.
What would happen to car sales and oil usage if other cities followed that example? It would be revolutionary. And here's the conflict. The car industry is at the center of our economic system. They have money and investments to lose. For the car owners and commuters that have become so invested in their lifestyle, a change is painful. It’s a conflict that interests me. That's why I’ve decided to take on this project. A project of passion.
I am proud to be part of a growing global movement. I hope that everyone that takes part in this campaign will feel the the same and happily jump on their bikes, spread the word and donate."
WE ARE MANY
We would love to be a Kickstarter documentary campaign with many backers. Maybe not the largest amount of money, but in number of people. Because we believe that we are many that want a change. So help us show that WE ARE MANY. Even a small amount is a statement.
The 50 000 USD we are asking for is needed for the post-production and outreach of the film and it’s message. The post-production stage is when we finally get to put all of the footage we've collected together. Edit it, add music to it, add subtitles. These things all take a lot of time and money, but are essential for presenting you with a strong, effective documentary. Once we're finished, we want to get it out to as wide of an audience as possible, which requires a lot of reaching out! Not only on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but also to film festivals, distribution companies, tv channels etc. This documentary is addressing a very global issue, so we want people around the world to get a chance to see it!
We also have exciting plans for bikes-vs-cars.com where we are working on more interactive content, like an app for measuring the change you make by going by bike, which will visualize how we together make a big difference. With more money and a larger community, we can be more ambitious in engaging with the audience and creating buzz around the issue. Playing a small part in changing the world.
BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter video
The artist Rebeca Mendez has done the artwork for BIKES vs CARS. We have 30 exclusive screen prints, signed by the artist, for our 350 USD reward.
Our 750 USD reward contains an invisible bicycle helmet. Fredrik Gertten did a short doc about the inventors of the helmet called Hövding. Take a look at it here:
For 30 USD you will get the films DOLE Food Co don't want you to see. As you might know, Fredrik and WG film got sued for BANANAS!* and then he did a story about free speech, Big Boys Gone Bananas!"
WG Film is a production company based in Malmö, Sweden, famous for strong humanitarian stories that have travelled around the world since 1994. Films like: Love Always, Carolyn - The Socialist The Architect and the Twisted Tower - Blådårar, copros: Final Image and Oscar nominated Burma VJ. ALL FILMS
Read more about Fredrik Gertten here.
BIKES vs CARS tráiler en español
Bikes vs Cars no es sólo una película, somos parte de un movimiento global. Este documental está destinado para ser utilizado como motor para todos los que pensamos que un cambio es necesario y posible. La película investiga las políticas que hacen del modelo automovilístico un modelo próspero. Aquí un fragmento de la sinopsis:
Hay una guerra en curso: Bicicletas contra coches. Una industria de miles de millones de dólares que desde siempre ha hecho todo lo posible para crear una sociedad dependiente del coche. Cientos de billones de dólares se invierten cada año para vender el sueño de libertad que ofrece el coche. Ahora, los precios del petróleo y los atascos de tráfico han abierto espacio para la venganza de las bicicletas. Aparecen iniciativas creativas, políticos y activistas se enfrentan al poderoso coche. Los lobistas de los automóviles tienen un enorme impacto en la planificación de la ciudad, en el pasado y actualidad. ¿Se atreverán los políticos a desafiar a los lobistas?
BIKES vs CARS Trailer em Português
Bikes vs. Cars, um novo filme do director de BANANAS! and Big Boys Gone Bananas! Fredrik Gertten. As alterações climáticas e o stress diário de estar fechado dentro de um carro, deixam as pessoas cada vez mais frustradas. Em cidades por todo o mundo, as pessoas estão a usar a bicicleta como uma ferramenta 'faça você mesmo' para fazer a diferença. No entanto as vendas de carros continuam a aumentar. 1 bilião de carros hoje. 2 biliões em 2020 Um filme por Fredik Gertten Estreia 2014.
BIKES vs CARS Trailer auf Deutsch
BIKES vs CARS ist das neue Filmprojekt von Fredrik Gertten, dem renommierten schwedischen Regisseur von BANANAS! * und Big Boys Gone Bananas! *.Der Klimawandel und der tägliche Stress durch das Eingesperrtsein im Auto frustriert mehr Menschen denn je zuvor. Auf der ganzen Welt verstehen Menschen deshalb das Fahrrad als eine Art Do-it-yourself-Werkzeug für einen Wandel. Aber dennoch: Die Absätze der Autoindustrie boomen. Eine Milliarde Autos heute. Zwei Milliarden Autos in 2020.Ein Film von Fredrik Gertten. Veröffentlichung 2014.
BIKES vs CARS Française Trailer
Bikes VS Cars, un nouveau projet filmographique par Fredrik Gertten, directeur de BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!*. Le changement climatique et le stress journalier d’être enfermé dans sa voiture frustrent les gens plus que jamais. Les gens de differentes villes du monde s’arment d’un vélo comme moyen pour changer. Pourtant, la vente de voitures explose: un milliard de voitures aujourd’hui. Deux milliards en 2020. Un film de Fredrik Gertten. Sortie en 2014.
BIKES vs CARS Italiano Trailer
BICICLETTE contro AUTOMOBILI. Il nuovo film di Fredrik Gertten, il famoso regista svedese noto per "BANANAS" e "BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!". Il mutamento climatico e lo stress quotidiano causato dall'essere costretti nelle automobili provoca frustrazione quotidiana. In tutto il mondo la bicicletta viene considerata come uno strumento che dá autonomia e anche di cambiamento. Ció nonostante le rendite dell'industria automobilistica sono in crescita. Un miliardo di automobili oggi. Due miliardi di automobili nel 2020. Un film di Fredrik Gertten. Prima nel 2014.
Risks and challenges
WG film has a tradition of getting things done. But funding documentaries is not easy. A successful Kickstarter campaign will make a huge difference.
With the film and the campaign we would like to show that WE ARE MANY ready for change. If we get close to being the Kickstarter documentary campaign with the most supporters it will certainly send a message to the world from the bike community.
A small amount is also a statement.
Aline Cavalcante says in the trailer: This is not a war, this is a city. We have to live together in peace.
Traveling the world meeting bike activists, I know that she represents this movement well. This is not an anti-car movement, or even worse, a movement that hates people who drive cars. Bike activists ask for safety, separated bike lanes, better crossings, respect in traffic. It's all about city planning that cares about more than cars.
To me BIKES vs CARS is a David and Goliath theme. Where the bicycle is the David. Not only in the daily, uneven fight for space in traffic. For me it's quite clear now that the car model is no longer working. And the people who suffer most are the ones inside the cars. Gridlocks create frustrations and aggressions, not talking about all the extra costs of just sitting inside your car wasting fuel and time.
In a time where we all worry about climate change, I often wonder why the information we have doesn't make us change our habits. To me it's clear. There are forces who invest billion after billion to preserve the Status Quo. The car industry needs to sell cars, the construction industry needs to build more highways, tunnels, shopping malls, the oil industry likes the price for crude to be high so they can drill on Greenland or 6000 meters below the sea outside Brazil. If more cities did like Copenhagen or Amsterdam where 40 per cent commute on bike, it would have a direct climate effect. But it would also mean bad business for the ones thriving on the car model.
The VS in the title is there to make us talk about the power relations. We will always have cars, and yes I love to drive. But I hate gridlocks. I also hate the way we treat our planet. I believe we must and can change. With pleasure.
The post-production stage is when we finally get to put all of the footage we've collected together. Edit it, add music to it, add subtitles. These things all take a lot of time and money, but are essential for presenting you with a strong, effective documentary. Once we're finished, we want to get it out to as wide of an audience as possible, which requires a lot of reaching out! Not only on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but also to film festivals, distribution companies, tv channels etc. This documentary is addressing a very global issue, so we want people around the world to get a chance to see it!
Now that the Kickstarter is complete and we have reached our goal, we will begin rolling out the rewards to all of you, our many generous supporters! Make sure to look out for updates from us, including a survey, which will help us get everything sent as soon as possible. With 2000 backers, it will take some time, so we hope you’ll be patient with us. We plan to have everything (excluding the final film), delivered by the end of the year. While you're waiting, look for your name on our website's Thank You wall (coming soon)!
We hope to have the final film finished in summer, 2014.
While we work on finishing the film, we want to keep building the community that we have established here on Kickstarter. You can stay involved by signing up on our website, following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and by checking out our blog, where we’ll make sure to keep you updated on the progress of the film.
Yes! If you or your friends are interested in contributing, but didn't get a chance through Kickstarter, you can still make donations on our website. Through our site, you’ll also have the option to make a tax-deductible donation (US). As we’ve continued to stress, each and every dollar makes a statement and helps us show that WE ARE MANY who see the bike as a tool for change.
Donation Page: https://bikesvscars-wgfilm.nationbuilder.com/make_a_donation
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