PRESS RELEASE – FREE RIDING INTO TOWN!
22 January 2018
After the successful introduction of the Bike Film Night ‘Feature Series’ last year, Curator and ‘Film Pedlar’ Brett Cotter is thrilled to bring to New Zealand cycling fans THE MOMENT, a feature length documentary that uncovers the origin of Freeride Mountain Biking in British Columbia, Canada, and the rebellious group of backwoods adrenaline junkies that carved their paths in history.
“Were passionate about all things bikes, and our Feature Series is aimed to whet our movie goers appetite for even more bike drama, more bike action, and off course more bike entertainment. This compelling movie captures a moment in time in British Columbia, Canada in the 1990’s, and the tipping point that changed everything. You look at the rise and rise of mountain biking here and around the world, this was one of its defining moments “says Cotter.
Hailed as “the sport that nobody wanted” THE MOMENT is a story that extends beyond the sport and into how this movement created one of the biggest tourism industries in British Columbia, Canada and quickly became one of the fastest growing sports around the world.
The origin story is of a small movement of mountain bikers and filmmakers who rose up, challenged the status quo, and turned the sport of cycling on its head: No rules, no sponsor, no claim. All they wanted was to feel free and ride their bicycles down the unthinkable.
Launched at the Whistler Film Festival, award-winning Director and former pro-mountain biker Darcy Hennessey Turenne created this exhilarating film with archival footage and interviews with leading bike and film personalities across Canada. “I’ve stayed true to my original vision, and the story really speaks for itself. I’ve been really lucky in that I haven’t had to create much drama out of nothing or entertainment value out of nothing. These guys are just legitimately entertaining” comments Hennessey Turenne.
“Our pedal patrons are really going to enjoy this movie –it’s old school cool, alittle bit raucous, alittle bit rowdy and loads of laughs”, say Cotter “This is a story that has never been told, now being told by the people who lived it first-hand. It’s got people pushing themselves and their bicycles harder, steeper, and faster”.
The New Zealand Premiere for THE MOMENT will be held in Taupo at the Starlight Cinema on Wednesday 7 th February 2018, 8pm and then goes on the road around the country over February and March.
For more information on screening locations, dates and tickets visit www.bigbikefilmnight.nz