Never Settle. Pedal On!

6 films in this block • 77 minutes

Block Description

Wanna film block about all things biking? You got it! Don’t miss these films about riding the trails of life on two wheels. Never settle. Pedal on!

The Films

Freedom Machine

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Adam Rifenburgh & Ethan Sperber

A short film highlighting the 906 Adventure Team, its mission, and why it’s so important.


  • Year 2018
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Runtime 34 min
  • Director Chris Prescott

In 2011 Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a severe form of tunnel vision that is slowly robbing him of his sight. At the age of 34, Steve was forced to give up his dream of becoming a mountain guide, lost his driving licence and was registered disabled through visual impairment.
Focus documents Steve’s life since his diagnosis, exploring how the knowledge that his sight could disappear entirely at any moment has affected his outlook on life. The burden of blindness has manifested into an almost obsessive drive to achieve his ambitious dreams, from attempting to solo El Capitan to cycling in the 2016 Paralympic Games. The film follows Steve as he participates in the Rovaniemi 150, a gruelling self-supported fat bike race through the Arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can drop below -35°C and 80% of participants don’t make it to the finish line. With the long hours of darkness testing his limited eyesight even further the race gives Steve one of his greatest challenges to date.

Palmer Woods: Trail Building

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Liam Kaiser

Family Friendly, Filmmaker in Attendance

Trail Building is a art in itself. Palmer Woods follows trail Builder Matt Belic as he creates new paths in Leelanau, Michigan.

Life of Pie

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Ben Knight & Travis Rummel

It wasn’t long ago that the small Colorado town of Fruita was solely a hub of agriculture and oil and gas development. But singletrack shredders and pizza chefs Jen Zeuner and her partner Anne Keller have helped to transform the high-desert town into a mountain biking hotspot with their Hot Tomato Café. It wasn’t always easy — some residents of conservative Fruita weren’t quite ready for their “lifestyle” at first. But the women’s delicious East Coast-style pizza — and the love they put into making it — have made them indispensable members of the community and turned the Hot Tomato into the living room of the Grand Valley’s outdoor recreation industry.

Beautiful Idiot

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Harrison Mendel & Robb Thompson

Beautiful Idiot takes you on a ride through the mindset and motivations of those who feel driven to pursue greatness, how it can feel to fall short, and the consequences of reaching a lofty goal when the struggle to get there has defined you for so long. Featuring professional freeride mountain bike rider Brett Rheeder.


  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Corey Rich

Family Friendly

The concept of this film was born out of the idea that so many of us really try to make our mornings count. Whether we’re writers or artists using those early hours to tap into our creativity, or we’re parents or spouses who are trying to make the first moments of our day really count, mornings are a sacred time of day.