February 21, 2014

Filmmaker: Tyler Malinky

Film: The Salt Ghost: Return Of The Nitro Express

1st annual MFF Feature Documentary Film Official Selection, 2013


Q: What’s the name of your film in the MFF, and what’s it about? 

A: The Salt Ghost: Return of the Nitro Express. My friend Wes White of Four Aces Cycle and myself bought this old land speed race bike with a stack of timing slips from Bonneville and El Mirage, and a bunch of trophies, dating from the late 1960’s up through the early 1980’s. We wanted to investigate the bike’s history, find who built it, and race it again. We filmed these endeavors.


Q: What inspired you to make this movie?

A: The lack of existing film and content we could find about some of our personal interests (motorcycle land speed racing, vintage Triumphs) raised the idea that others may like to see this bike and learn about it’s history.

Q: How did you find the MFF?

A: I found the MFF from friend’s posts on Facebook.


Q: Have you made any other films, and If so, is there a common theme throughout your films?

A: We have made a series of technical DVDs, how to rebuild your vintage Triumph motor or tune and service films, but The Salt Ghost was our first foray into a documentary or lifestyle film.

Q: Do you ride a motorcycle? and if so, what and why.

A: Yes, I ride motorcycles and work in the motorcycle industry (Lowbrow Customs). I have a stable of bikes that include a 1955 Triumph land speed race bike, as well as a dual-engine 1955 Triumph land speed bike (both are land speed record holders), a 1959 H-D Panhead chopper, a 1975 H-D Shovelhead chopper, a 2001 Honda XR650, 2006 Yamaha YZ250f dirt bike, and several other projects, including another land speed bike, a drag bike, and a couple others. I ride because it is exciting, and building and riding motorcycles is a hobby that you can grow almost without limits, I never tire of it.


Q: As a filmmaker, what about the MFF and motorcycle films in general speaks to you?

A: Motorcycles are what I love, they are my profession and my hobby. Of course I find good films about them interesting.

Q: Have you had a chance to attend the MFF yet?

A: No I unfortunately missed the first MFF, however, I hope to attend in 2014!


Q: Possibly impossible question: Favorite bike movie?

A: On Any Sunday. I never tire of watching it! Cycles South is another entertaining one.


Q: What’s next for you as a filmmaker?

A: I actually don’t have anything else with a solid plan or schedule right now, I am keeping busy with plenty of other projects (building race bikes, designing new motorcycle parts), however myself and my cohorts are sure to create another bike film some point in the near future!

Filmmaker Interview: Kyle Pahlow

February 10, 2014

Filmmaker: Kyle Pahlow

Film: Bucephalus Build, 1st annual MFF Short Film Official Selection, 2013


Q: What is the name of your film in the MFF, and what’s it about?

A:The name of my film is: Bucephalus Build. It explores and documents bike builder, Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Customs as he prepares to build a bike that has been many years in the making. It captures Kevin’s passion for building motorcycles and his uncanny knowledge for what has come before him and what exists presently. Bucephalus is the culmination of efforts among many people who believed in this project.


Q: What inspired you to make this film?

A: It really came down to how well Kevin and I hit it off over the phone. I admire the fact that he is grounded and not concerned with being cool or popular, yet he has a refined knowledge of old and new. In my opinion he has the perfect balance of modern technology coupled with style and allure of the past.

Q: How did you find the MFF?

A: I was looking at places with my girlfriend, and I stopped into Union Garage with a broker who knew I rode and wanted to try and sell me on the fact that there was a bike shop right around the corner from where I would be living. Chris was such a kind human and when he found out I was a cinematographer and that I had just finished a film about a motorcycle he encouraged me to check out the Motorcycle Film Festival.

Q: Have you ever made any other films? If so, is there a common theme throughout your films?

A: I am a working cinematographer, so many of the films I’ve made haven’t been my own, but instead a collaboration with directors who bring me along for the ride. I directed a surf film a couple of years ago that had global distribution and received a good many accolades at home and abroad but I wouldn’t say that the films have a common thread; I greatly enjoy working on different things with varying subject matter.

Q: Do you ride a motorcycle? If so tell us a little bit about what you ride and why.

A: I’ve surfed since I was seven years old and it has always been an extremely important part of my life; so when I rode a motorcycle for the first time I felt a lot of commonalities between the two sports. I bought a Harley originally and quickly felt like it didn’t suit my riding style, so I sold it and bought a Triumph Bonneville. I love the deep and colored history of the Bonneville. That said, not a week goes by where I don’t miss the frenetic rumble of my Harlely.

Q: As a filmmaker, what about the MFF and motorcycle films in general speaks to you?

A: I greatly appreciate people gathering and watching films that have cult following. I enjoy meeting people that are passionate about things; things that they dream of while they are at work, things that they will do until the day they die. It doesn’t have to be motorcycles, it could be hot-air balloons or fishing, I just love passionate people. My all time favorite are the older folk that have lived their lives and glow at the chance to share stories about riding.

Q: Have you had a chance to attend the MFF yet?

A: I am proud to say that I attended the first year.

Q: What is your favorite bike movie?

A: As a kid, before I even rode motorcycles, I can remember watching, The Dirt Bike Kid repeatedly. I loved the magical component of a bike that was somehow alive and use to pretend that my bicycle was a dirt bike. Perhaps it speaks to the relationship people have with their bikes… magical and deep in many ways. Currently I’d say that, Why I Ride is a favorite of mine. Simply great bites that sum it all up.

Q: What is next for you as a filmmaker?

A: My goal every year is to raise the bar of who I collaborate with and the work that I turn out. I just want to continue to evolve.



January 30, 2014

Filmmaker: Kadshah Nagibe

Film: I Ride A Triumph, 1st annual MFF Short Film Official Selection, 2013


Q: What’s the film about, and what inspired you to make it?

A: Andy Shaw’s love of riding and his custom 2009 Triumph Thruxton motorcycle. Er…I don’t remember (what inspired me), but I’ve been shooting people on two wheeler’s for a long time I just enjoy doing it.


Q: Have you made any other films, and If so, is there a common theme throughout your films?

A: I’m an independent filmmaker living in NYC. I’ve made one other motorcycle short called “The Emblem” which can be viewed HERE and I also made a few short scooter videos which can be viewed on my Youtube page.

Q: Do you ride a motorcycle? 

A: Yes all year unless it snows. The two times I went down on my bike was while riding in the snow. I’ve had two Triumph Bonneville bikes, a 2003 and a 2007. The crank shaft on the first bike went kaput and I replaced it with the 07 which runs great. I’ve always wanted to own a Triumph. I would love to have a vintage bike but I don’t have a garage to store it and I wouldn’t want to leave it out on the street. I also love the look of the old the Norton, Victory and Indian bikes.


Q: As a filmmaker, what about The MFF and motorcycle films in general speaks to you? 

A: I love what you guys are doing. It’s about time someone stepped forward to do this.

 Q:  Have you had a chance to attend the MFF yet? 

A: Yes my film was in the 2013 MFF line-up thank you for screening it.


Q: What’s next for you as a filmmaker? 

A: Well I have an ambitious idea for a motorcycle film in 2014 but that will depend on if I can get a crew together to help me out I’ll see.

isit Kadshah Nagibe’s website:

Last Chance For Submissions!

August 20, 2013

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There’s only a few days left to send in your submissions for the Motorcycle Film Festival!  All entries must be sent and postmarked BEFORE Friday, August 23rd to be eligible for the 2013 festival.  Check out our submission info page for all the details on how to submit.

A little update For those who have submitted already:

First things first, thank you for being AWESOME and helping make this film festival happen. Without your submissions there would be no MFF. Period. We’re in this for you and we can’t thank you enough for all of the movies that have arrived at our door. We’ve already begun the reviewing process and promise that we’re going out of our way to treat each film with the respect and time it deserves.

Which brings me to my next update:

You may be wondering why there are no tickets or passes for sale yet and almost no information about how you can actually attend the festival. Since we only have limited hours in our venues to screen movies, we can only screen a limited number of the films that are submitted. So, we’re waiting for the submission period to end and our judges to make their decisions on which movies they feel should be screened. Once we have our screening line-ups determined, then we’ll start selling tickets. We had a feeling it’d be a helluva lot more appealing to everyone be able to buy tickets to specific movies rather than just praying for the best.


Tickets and passes will go on sale in the first week of September so stay tuned for more info. For now, get those last minute submissions in!