Bikes Vs. Cars: Fredrik Gertten’s New Documentary

Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to BIKES vs CARS, a new documentary by Fredrik Gertten (Bananas, Big Boys Gone Bananas) that advocates for bike-friendly cities in the 21st century.

Bikes vs Cars is a documentary about the bicycle and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It highlights a growing conflict in city planning between the bicycle, which supports a diverse city with a human scale, and the car, which engenders urban sprawl and reliance on fossil fuels.

From Copenhagen to Los Angeles via Sao Paulo, director Fredrik Gertten explores the ongoing efforts of bicycle activists, who are fighting for their right to ride on city streets against the combined forces of multi-billion dollar auto, oil, and construction lobbies, who are determined to keep our cities car dependent. BIKES vs CARS is a crie de coeur that will have audiences reaching for their bikes instead of their car keys. A companion app will help cyclists track how much they reduce their CO2 imprint and oil consumption for every mile they ride instead of drive. The app is a campaign tool to support activists and cities to work towards bike-friendlier cities.

After its New York premiere at the Rooftop Film Festival on August 6, BIKES vs CARS will be released theatrically this fall in New York and Los Angeles with other cities to follow on Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind Cinema label. The theatrical campaign will be supported by a full-fledged  community outreach campaign with an emphasis on engaging environmental and bike groups to see the film and support legislation that endorses bicycling. It will have an exclusive TVOD premier on December 10th via Vimeo prior to a wider digital release in early 2016.

The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, SVP Kino Lorber, Inc. and Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangard of WG Films. “For those who already embrace bike culture, the film will confirm their convictions,” says Sheldon. “And for those who prefer to drive, the documentary shows how more bike-friendly cities benefit everybody, not only cyclists.” Fredrik Gertten, the director, clarifies, “Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis and how every person can contribute to the solution by riding their bike.”

BIKES vs CARS was produced by Margarete Jangård and Elin Kamlert for WG Film.

About Alive Mind Cinema:  
Specializing in documentaries in the areas of enlightened consciousness, secular spirituality and culture, Alive Mind Cinema seeks to provide audiences with intellectually provocative films that deliver the “aha” response of a transformative experience. Learn more at alivemindcinema.com.

About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.