Film Screening

Film Screening

October 27, 2005 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM

Still We Ride A fundraiser to benefit (co-sponsor) Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center Location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY (at 101st Street where Sixth Ave. turns into Fifth) Time: 7 PM Suggested Donation: $10 Screening of Still We Ride (2005), a documentary produced by In Tandem Productions, takes an up-close and personal look at New York City’s ongoing attempts to squash a monthly free-forming bike ride called Critical Mass. In Tandem Productions includes two recent iEAR grads: Andrew Lynn (creator of Troy Bike Rescue and WhirlMart) and Elizabeth Press (producer at Democracy Now!). www.StillWeRideTheMovie.com This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. On the last Friday of each month, cyclists around the country come together to participate in a monthly community bike ride called Critical Mass. The ride, which originated in San Francisco in 1992, has since spread throughout the world and has existed for more than 6 years in New York City. A new documentary called “Still We Ride,” produced by In Tandem productions, takes an up-close and personal look at the city’s ongoing attempts to squash the free-forming event. The story begins on Friday August 27, 2004 in New York City, just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, when 264 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and parading without a permit during the monthly bicycle celebration. But unlike the majority of the RNC-related arrests, which have been dismissed, bicycle-related arrests and bike seizures at monthly Critical Mass rides have persisted. In March of 2005, there were 37 arrests and an even greater number of bike seizures. The monthly pattern of confrontation has forced the bike community into a legal battle with the city and has politicized the once celebratory ritual. The city believes that the event, which has no leadership organization or planned route, must apply for a permit in order for cyclists to assemble and ride through the streets. “You’re blocking traffic,” says the assistant chief Smolka, in one scene. A cyclist replies, “I am traffic! What do you mean?” Lawyers on the cyclists’ side recognize that selective enforcement of such laws represent not only a threat to cyclists’ rights to the road as legitimate vehicles, but to peoples’ First Amendment right to assemble freely in parks and other public spaces. In the words of an interviewee who was arrested on the night of August 27, “I saw my experience not so much as something that happened to me, but as a window of opportunity for greater suppression of rights in this country.” For five months, a small team of producers has been gathering hours of footage from independent videographers who have been documenting the ongoing harassment of Critical Mass. The resulting video is a collage of sound and imagery that is often raw and gritty and sometimes absolutely beautiful. It illustrates the most striking stories from the ongoing saga and condenses them into a continuous narrative. “Still We Ride” is directed by former Troy residents Andrew Lynn (Troy Bike Rescue, Whirl Mart) and Elizabeth Press (Democracy Now!), both of whom have played key roles with the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center. Visit www.StillWeRideTheMovie.com for more information. The 7 PM Thursday 10/27 screening is part of the iEAR Presents! performance series (www.arts.rpi.edu). It benefits the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center (www.hm.indymedia.org). It takes place at The Sanctuary For Independent Media in Troy (www.TheSanctuaryForIndependentMedia.org). For more information, please call (518) 276-4829.
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