[B' Spokes: One of my friends was on that tour with the Ginger Ninjas, cycling rocks in a lot of ways.]
At US Navy Memorial Heritage Center Washington , DC
LOS GINGER NINJAS
Mexico / 2012 / 76mins / directed by Sergio Morkin
At 2 a.m. November 1, 2007, an unknown Northern California rock band called the Ginger Ninjas set out from home on a seven month tour to southern Mexico. They had no van and no gigs. Instead, they hauled their instruments, camping gear and human-powered sound system on special load-carrying bicycles. Intent on living a life of gritty adventure, promoting the bicycle as a cooler-than-car cure for global warming and propelled by the mindful cultivation of blind faith and deeply resonant, kick-ass music, they pedaled 5,000 miles and played 100 shows. This documentary is an intimate exploration of youthful freedom, emotional transformation, and the interpersonal relationships that develop among the travelers in their multi-season odyssey.
THE NEW WOMAN: ANNIE "LONDONDERRY" KOPCHOVSY
USA/2013/27mins/directed by Gillian Willman
The story of a fiercely independent and free-thinking young woman, who found freedom by reinventing herself as the daring "Annie Londonderry" entrepreneur, athlete, and celebrated globetrotter. Described by the New York World on October 20, 1895, as "the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman," the unprecedented 'round the world odyssey was reportedly set in motion by a novel, high-stakes wager made by two wealthy clubmen in Boston. Annie's challenge was not only to circle the globe by bicycle in 15 months, but also to earn $5,000 en route. This was no mere test of a woman's physical endurance and mental fortitude; the venture was a test of a woman's ability to fend for herself in a man's world.