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What does it mean that Portland, one of the best North American cities for cycling, has virtually no Critical Mass? What is the new bicycle activism?
A documentary about the strange and scandalous history of bicycle activism in America's #1 cycling city: Portland, Oregon. Now out on DVD from Microcosm!
A documentary about the strange and scandalous history of bicycle activism in America's #1 cycling city: Portland, Oregon. Now out on DVD from Microcosm!
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What does it mean that Portland, one of the best North American cities for cycling, has virtually no Critical Mass? Is it no longer relevant in the evolution of cyclists or has the police crackdown just been so successful? What are the new goals of cyclists? What is the new activism? How are objectives reached?

This has been an ongoing documentary project with production lasting over the past two and a half years that has gotten increasingly complex. Every step reveals three more steps and important figures of the past and present.

The documentary is character-based, meaning that it will focus primarily on 4 or 5 people and how they have interacted with Critical Mass and bicycle activism. I want to show the complexity of the issues and the people involved: There is no good and evil--everyone is trying to manage the situation in the best way that they know how.

I have shot and captured about 150 hours of footage and have 15 more hours of planned shooting before rough sequencing begins.

I have made three other feature length documentaries and dozens of shorts:

I've worked on about half a dozen or so other feature documentaries and have a strong sense of what I want to accomplish artistically and politically with this documentary.

All money raised from Kickstarter will go towards pressing replicated DVDs and filing Freedom of Information Act requests for the remaining police documents that I don't already have.

I am working on this project for free. I have no funding for it, and money beyond the above expenses would go to tape and equipment costs.

I will post new edited segments and a new trailer over the course of this Kickstarter campaign and reveal a new character highlighted in this movie each week.

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    LEGLIFTER: Receive copies of Bipedal, By Pedal #1 and #2 zines about the past and present of Critical Mass bike rides.

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    SUPPORTER: You will get a free copy of the Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera, Vol 1 DVD featuring 4 short documentaries and 1 feature.

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    ENCOURAGING: You will receive a copy of the Cantankerous Titles DVD & $100 & A T-SHIRT DVD

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    CYCLIST: You will receive a copy of a limited edition, otherwise unavailable "Cycling Shorts" DVD featuring a collection of unreleased shorts material related to this feature, the Cantankerous Titles DVD & $100 & A T-SHIRT DVD

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    SELF-STARTER: You will receive a copy of the Cantankerous Titles DVD, $100 & A T-Shirt, and Between Resistance & Community DVD

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    PATRON: You will receive $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, and Cantankerous Titles DVDs plus a copy of the finished Aftermass documentary on DVD.

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    BONESHAKER: PATRON: You will receive a Still We Ride DVD, $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, Cycling Shorts DVD, Cantankerous Titles DVDs, Bipedal By Pedal #1 and #2 zines, plus a copy of the finished Aftermass documentary on DVD (to be shipped on completion in 2011)

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    PLEDGER: You will receive $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, Cycling Shorts DVD, Cantankerous Titles, & Aftermass DVDs plus a copy of If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk on DVD.

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    ACTIVIST: You will receive $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, Cantankerous Titles, Aftermass, and If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk DVDs plus a copy of all of the police documents that pertain to Portland's Critical Mass history.

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    BREAD WINNER: You will receive $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, Cantankerous Titles, Cycling Shorts DVD, Aftermass, and If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk DVDs plus a copy of all of the police documents that pertain to Portland's Critical Mass history. Your name will also be listed in the credits of the final edit as a major source of funding.

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    SUPER FUNDER: You will receive $100 & A T-Shirt, Between Resistance & Community, Cantankerous Titles, Cycling Shorts DVD, Aftermass, and If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk DVDs plus a copy of all of the police documents that pertain to Portland's Critical Mass history. Your name will be listed in the credits of the final edit as a major source of funding. I will also take you on a bike ride around Portland and discuss these issues at length with you, answering any questions that you may have.

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