4th Annual Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn September 14-17

The fourth annual Motorcycle Film Festival will debut award-winning films from international filmmakers from September 14-17, 2016 at The Gutter, 200 N 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York. The Motorcycle Film Festival celebrates the world’s best dramatic documentary, short narrative, and experimental films created by members of the international motorcycling community. Tickets are available now at motorcyclefilmfestival.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to address the need for information and newborn screening with respect to Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

Recognized as one of the world’s most important motorcycling events, this annual New York City-based festival will present four days of compelling and engaging films, installations, panel discussions, and more. The Motorcycle Film Festival brings together established and up-and-coming filmmakers, riders, builders, enthusiasts, and industry executives. Past participants and entrants have received international recognition, secured commercial distribution and funding, and have captivated worldwide audiences.

The Motorcycle Film Festival was founded in 2013 by Corinna Mantlo. With 15 years of riding experience, Mantlo has spent almost as much time working in and for the motorcycle community. What started as local outreach in New York City grew into the well-respected Cine Meccanica movie nights; one of the largest and active women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States, The Miss-Fires; and the internationally recognized Motorcycle Film Festival. A published authority on two-wheeled cinema, Mantlo currently owns and operates Via Meccanica, a leatherwork and restoration company that specializes in custom motorcycle seats.

“For me, the Motorcycle Film Festival is like coming home, and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to be a part of it,” says Mantlo.

This year’s Official Selection films include:

Feature documentaries — Take None Give None by Gusmano Cesaretti, Mancini, The Motorcycle Wizard by Jeffrey Zani, Klocked: Women With Horsepower by Michelle Carpenter, Motonomad II: Riders Of The Steppe by Adam Riemann, Now I Will Arrive by Desiderio Sanzi, Arrows Of Fire by Duncan Menge, The Indian Wrecking Crew by John Holman, and That’s All Mine by Stepan Privezentsev.

Feature narratives — Liza Liza Skies Are Grey by Terry Sanders, How to Be Deadly by Nik Sexton, and 21 Days Under The Sky by Michael Schmidt.

Short documentaries — No Highway by Virgil Héroux-Laferté, Janus Motorcycles by Jordan Swartzendruber, Holy Mother Of The Races by Miguel Manso, Today We Ride by Daniil Bondar, The Weekend Pass by Greg Villalobos, Richie Pan Forever by Pete McGill, Virginia’s Harley: A Girl’s Bike by Jay Cagney, Hell Rider – Deadly Barrel by Budi Wasisto, A.K.A Brokentooth – Canada’s Ice Road Biker by Jory Lyons, Ride On United by Riefky Sutedja, Robin’s Road Trip by Simone de Vries, Quake City Rumblers // 50cc Christchurch by Chris ‘Motor’ Rausch, Night Riding by Rupert Jordan, Chasing The Bullett by Chris Zahner, The Monkey And Her Driver by Ned Thanhouser, Built Not Bought – A Motorcycle Story – Cafe Racer Dreams by Fournie Eliott, Sadie Bubble Run by Joe Fleming, and Keino by Evan Dennis.

Short narratives — Tread by Danny Ryan, Lone Rider by Luca Cipolla, Vintage Steele, A Day In The Life by Daniel Schechner, Motorbike Jazz by Tim Scott, and Dream by Alban Terrier.

Experimental films — Wheels by Joe Stucky, Motos In Moab Vol 2 by Max Daines, Boutonniere by Paolo Asuncion, The FN Four by Marco Bakker, and three films by Daniel Tanenbaum: Blue Prints, The Build, and Sparks Fly.

This year’s Motorcycle Film Festival judges include:

Paul D’Orleans, The Vintagent – Paul D’Orleans is co-host and Chief Judge of the 2016 Motorcycle Film Festival. In addition to his regular musings on everything motorcycle related on thevintagent.com, D’Orleans is the Custom & Style editor for Cycle World, an editor for At Large, and columnist for Classic Bike Guide and Men’s File. He is the author of the first comprehensive history of custom motorcycles, The Chopper; the Real Story; the best-selling Café Racers; and co-author of The Ride. D’Orleans is currently working on The Ride II.
Paul Cox, Paul Cox Industries – A motorcycle builder, leather craftsman, metalsmith, knife maker and inventor, Paul Cox is, above all, an artist. A one-man operation, his 3 new shop now offers a more intimate look into the life of a true artist and inventor. Functionality, balance and detail continue to be the foundation for all his creations. Cox passionately explores techniques in metalworking, engine building, leather and knife making, with these specialties often fusing to create remarkable, one of a kind motorcycles.

Shinya Kimura, ZERO Shop and Chabott Engineering – Shinya Kimura is one of today’s leading motorcycle designers and builders. His distinctive builds emerge from his 1992-founded ZERO shop where he gained a reputation for his bare metal, minimalist, and vintage looking bikes that combine form and function. Kimura’s creations are described perfectly by the Japanese concept of “wabisabi” (austere refinement) and the beauty of the raw materials. In 2006, Kimura launched Chabott Engineering where he builds custom motorcycles and creates functional works of art.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Author – Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of two books on motorcycling: The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing, about the crazy world of extreme long-distance riding. She has written about film, books, and riding for publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to Harper’s, Motorcyclist to The Daily Beast.

Irene Kotnik, Video Art Channel – Irene Kotnik is the co-founder of Video Art Channel, a platform for curating and exhibiting video art. In 2014, Kotnik co-founded The Curves Motorcycle Club and is currently organizing a Petrolettes event in Berlin which will feature races, live concerts, film screenings, and more. With a passion for the positive and supportive motorcycle community, Kotnik strives to connect women in gasoline culture to pursue courage and self-expression.

Ultan Guilfoyle, Author – Author of the best-selling books Spoon and 1000 Design Classics, Ultan Guilfoyle quintessentially combines motorcycles, art, and film. Guilfoyle co-curated the Guggenheim Museum’s groundbreaking, blockbuster exhibition “The Art of the Motorcycle,” which has been credited with reintroducing motorcycles to the general public as beautiful objects of design, machines with intrinsic artistic qualities ridden, and works to be collected by connoisseurs. Guilfoyle’s award-winning films have been shown on PBS, HBO and Bravo in the U.S., and BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in the UK. He produced the film Sketches of Frank Gehry, which was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was released worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics.

Mark Hoyer, Cycle World – Mark Hoyer is the Editor-in-Chief of Cycle World magazine and has been testing and writing about motorcycles since 1993, when he was first hired as a copy editor at Cycle News. His motojournalist career began at Cycle News in 1993. He’s been testing bikes and writing about them ever since, all around the world on dirt and asphalt. In 1999, Hoyer joined the team at Cycle World, and became Editor-in-Chief in 2009.

Stacie B. London, East Side Moto Babes and Triple Nickel 555 – After a career as an Art Director on film sets in London, Los Angeles native Stacie B. London became LA MOCA’s Exhibition Designer, where she restored and operated Chris Burden’s revolutionary, motorcycle-powered artwork “The Big Wheel.” She went on to found the trailblazing women’s motorcycle club East Side Moto Babes in 2010. Soon after, London raced and wrenched a 1968 Honda CB160 and created the iconic racing brand Triple Nickel 555, which quickly earned her local and national notoriety as a leader and inspirational voice to a new generation of female motorcycle riders.

Marina Cianferoni, Author – Inspired by the vanguard director Charles Dekeukeleire’s film Impatience, Marina Cianferoni took to two wheels in 1997. Shortly after, Cianferoni began writing her book Two Wheels and a Crank Camera as a way to discuss the symbolic value of the motorcycle in European films. Since 2004, she’s worked as a journalist for Italian and Spanish motorcycle magazines, writing mainly about culture, classic bikes, special café racers, and custom builds. In 2010 and 2013, she presented papers at the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, in Colorado Springs and London respectively. Cianferoni is currently working to revise and translate her book which will be published in English soon.