New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has taken all U.S. rights to Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Bikes vs Cars.
The latest film from the Bananas director travels to such bike-friendly cities as Copenhagen, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo and examines how the bicycle can be used as a tool for change. In addition, the doc highlights a growing conflict in urban planning when it comes to dedicating space for cars and bicycles, and the campaigns by bike activists fighting for their “right to ride.”
Alongside the doc, a companion app will help users track how much they reduce their CO2 footprint and oil consumption for every mile they cycle instead of drive.
Bike vs Cars is to have its New York premiere at the Rooftop Film Festival tonight (August 6) and will be released theatrically this fall in New York and Los Angeles.
Releases in other cities will follow through Kino Lorber’s ‘Alive Mind Cinema’ label. The doc will have an exclusive VoD premiere on the streaming service Vimeo on December 10, followed by a wider digital release in early 2016.
The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, senior VP of Kino Lorber, and Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangard of WG Films. Bike vs Cars was produced by WG Films’ Margarete Jangård and Elin Kamlert.
“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.”