After 21 years, festival director Ayleen Crotty is leaving
In this provided photo, Filmed By Bike festival director Ayleen Crotty speaks to a crowd at Hollywood Theater. Your browser does not support the audio element. After 21 years, Filmed By Bike festival founder and director Ayleen Crotty is rolling on to other projects and looking to find a buyer. The film festival features an international selection of short films and documentaries, all centered around the theme of bicycles and cycling culture. OPB’s “Weekend Edition” host Lillian Karabaic talked with Crotty about her legacy ahead of a Greatest Hits screening on Thursday, Oct. 26.
What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Lillian Karabaic: What is it about bicycles that act as a connector for filmmakers?
Ayleen Crotty: I think it’s exciting. You know, every time we see a movement or a cultural change reflected in the arts, it’s a sign of a growing movement. It’s a sign of a happening. And for bicycles, we saw that early on, people were writing songs that had bicycles in them, making bike artwork. And then there became films about cycling.
And people often say to me, “Is it really possible you have 21 years’ worth of people just showing movies about riding their bike?” And I always say it’s not movies about people riding their bikes — the content, the movies are so much richer than that. The storylines are sometimes beautiful. They’re often documentaries, and sometimes they’re just really […]