Roughly six months ago, I sat down with Tony Franklin and T. C. Worley, the guys from Royal Antler, and threw out the idea of working on film about ARTCRANK.
Looking ahead to our April 2012 show in Minneapolis, I knew three things: We had more entries for more talented artists than ever. We would hold the opening in an audaciously large venue. And finally, that there would probably never be a better time to tell a story about ARTCRANK in film.
I had one request: Don’t make it about me. I knew I’d have a role in it, probably larger than I was comfortable with at the time. But the story I wanted to tell was about local artists creating bike-inspired posters that inspire people to look at bikes and art in a new way.
For reasons that still evade me, they bought into it. In the weeks and months since then, I’ve done my best to stifle my control freak tendencies and keep my meddling to a minimum, while at the same time doing everything I could to help Tony and T. C. get the shots they needed to make the film they wanted to make.
The photos below were taken on the day that artist in the Minneapolis show dropped off their posters at our office in the Northrup King Building, a scant week before opening night. It’s a day that’s a little like Christmas for me, getting to see the work for the first time. These photos are the first of several previews we’ll show of the film. And in each of them, you can see a part of the story we’re getting to tell — how a simple machine can inspire talented people to create amazing stuff.
Next Thursday, August 23, the ARTCRANK film debuts at The Parkway Theater in Minneapolis as part of a program of four short films about bikes we’re calling REELS X WHEELS. It’ll be heaps of fun, it’s totally free, and you should definitely come.
See you there,
REELS X WHEELS
Four short films about bikes
Thursday, August 23
4814 Chicago Ave. S
7:00pm – 11:00pm
ARTCRANK // The Almanzo 100 // Deep Custom // Off The Map
ARTCRANK, Royal Antler, Crash + Sue’s, GearJunkie.com and Dero proudly present an evening of bike-inspired short films at the Parkway Theater, including two world premieres: ARTCRANK and The Almanzo 100 (both featuring music by DOOMTREE).
> Admission is FREE.
> We’ll show the full program four times throughout the evening.
> Dero will provide free valet bike parking across the street from the Parkway Theater.
> Buy a raffle ticket to win premium outdoor gear from GearJunkie.com — all proceeds benefit Full Cycle, a nonprofit bike shop that provides free bicycles and work experience for homeless teens and young adults.
> Enjoy food and drinks at Pepitos before and after the show.