August 5, 2016
The international Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF), recognized as one of the world’s most important motorcycling events, joins Pure & Crafted to screen two nights of film, August 12-13 2016 in Berlin. The lineup will include short and feature length films, all Official Selections of the MFF in New York. The Motorcycle Film Festival brings together established and up-and-coming filmmakers, riders, builders, enthusiasts, and industry executives. Past participants and entrants have received international recognition, secured commercial distribution and funding, and have captivated worldwide audiences. Corinna Mantlo (Founder, New York) and Irene Kotnik (2016 Judge, Berlin) will be in attendance at Pure & Crafted to introduce the films and discuss the 4th annual MFF set to take place September 14-17 in New York City.
Corinna Mantlo: The Motorcycle Film Festival was founded in 2013 by Corinna Mantlo. With 15 years of riding experience, Mantlo has spent almost as much time working in and for the motorcycle community. What started as local outreach in New York City grew into the well-respected Cine Meccanica movie nights; one of the largest and active women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States, The Miss-Fires; and the international Motorcycle Film Festival. A published authority on two-wheeled cinema, Mantlo currently owns and operates Via Meccanica, a leatherwork and restoration company that specializes in custom motorcycle seats.
Irene Kotnik: Co-founder of Video Art Channel, a platform for curating and exhibiting video art. In 2014, Kotnik co-founded The Curves Motorcycle Club and is currently organizing a Petrolettes event in Berlin which will feature races, live concerts, film screenings, and more. With a passion for the positive and supportive motorcycle community, Kotnik strives to connect women in gasoline culture to pursue courage and self-expression.
Friday, August 12th
First Floor, Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin
Django Django – WOR
MFF 2014 Winner, Experimental
Director: Jim Demuth
Mercury Music Prize nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, naturally, they asked Noisey if we’d be up for travelling over to India and standing right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track “Wor”. We happily obliged, getting our shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles we’ve ever come across.
My Mom’s Motorcycle
MFF 2015 Official Selection, Short Narrative
Director: Douglas Gautrad
This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle for the My Rode Reel competition. More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people.
Coast to Coast Trial
MFF 2015 Winner, Short Documentary
Director: Greg Villalobos
What would happen if you tried to ride a totally inappropriate vehicle from one side of the country to the other?
What if that vehicle was a 15-year-old trials motorbike, a Montesa Cota 315, with no seat, a tiny 3 litre fuel tank and top speed of 30 mph? Would man and machine make it…? That’s just what Greg Villalobos and Noel Thom set out to find out.
Somewhere Else Tomorrow
MFF 2014 Winner, Best Of Festival
Director: Daniel Rintz
A day-dreamer rides around the world on a motorcycle, surviving only on money he makes along the way, until he finds what he wasn’t even looking for.
Traveling by motorbike, Daniel and Lars set out on an exhilarating journey to circumnavigate the globe. Aiming to finance their trip by working as they go, they want to experience local cultures more immediately than any tourist could.
Saturday, August 13th
First Floor, Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin
Vincent Black Lightning
MFF 2015 Winner, Short Narrative
Director: Cat Bruce
We follow the heartwarming yet tragic love story of Red Molly and James, in this short animated film. A film about love, motorbikes, and a redheaded girl.
MFF 2015 Winner, Experimental
Director: Andrea Livio
Depart from Stelvio Pass and return only after finishing an around the world journey.
MFF 2013 Official Selection, Short Documentary
Director: Mark Macinnis
Rick Monahan has dedicated his life to vintage BMW motorcycles. He didn’t watch Easy Rider, he lived it. Rick’s passion for these bikes sustained him from bad ass teen shooting down Route 66 to opening his own indie garage in order to “pollinate Western L.A. with as many BMW’s as possible.
Faster Son: Shinya Kimura
MFF 2015, Official Selection, Short Documentary
Director: Oliver Defilippo
Legendary motorcycle builder Shinya Kimura shares his design philosophy while revealing his newest custom build for Yamaha. This launched the campaign for Yamaha’s new custom build division.
1 Map For 2
MFF 2014 Official Selection Feature Documentary
Director: Roberto Montanari
1 MAP FOR 2 is a documentary about the extraordinary motorcycle world tour by Tartarini and Monetti in 1957.A trip through five continents, 35 countries and 4 revolutions. The story of the world of the past through two guys with two motorcycles, a 16mm camera and a pocket map.
MFF 2014 Official Selection, Feature Documentary
MotorCircus: Christoph Köhler, Marko Kramer, Martin Lemcke, Tim Adler
4 Beemers, 8 Wheels, 16 Valves. A documentary about a journey from Berlin to the Isle of Man Classic TT. The story of four ‘MotorCircus’ Berlin boys on vintage custom BMW motorcycles, taking a 4,000 kilometre road trip from the German capital to the Isle of Man, via Belgium, France and London.
The mission of the Motorcycle Film Festival is to provide a home for motorcycle films from around the world, and to give motorcycle and film enthusiasts a reason to gather, discuss, and celebrate their favorite subject at great length every fall. Members of the motorcycling community are in the midst of the biggest creative boom centered on motorcycles since the 1970s. The massive, youthful rise of motorcycle mania has excited big motorcycle factories to collaborate with rising garage artists, and has inspired professional filmmakers to produce that long-dreamt two-wheel feature film. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2016 Motorcycle Film Festival, please visit motorcyclefilmfestival.com. You can also follow MotorcycleFilmFestival on Facebook and @motofilmfest on Instagram.
February 21, 2015
Back in December we took some time out to talk motorcycle movies at the International Motorcycle Show in NY with the ONE…THE ONLY…THE MOTORCYCLE TRAVELING MAN HIMSELF…PETER STARRRRR!
September 30, 2013
How can a Friday morning start off badly, when you get to hop on the BSA and the Ural Side Car rig and throw on custom Biltwell helmets, hand painted by the team over at Indian Larry Motorcycles?
Friday morning, before the screening, we were able to make a little time with the 2013 Judges to gab, and do a little 2014 planning. We cannot wait to unveil the coming year’s updates. Sign up for blog posts by email to keep yourself in the know. Theres a sign up button over on the right –>
(photo courtesy of Lady Hump)
The 6:30pm screening of the short film Black Kat, followed by the narrative feature The Best Bar In America played to a packed house at Saint Vitus, and the response to the films was wonderful.
Everyone was crazy about this year’s merch. If you didn’t get a chance to pick up an MFF skull logo, shirt, or a Adam Nickel designed shirt and poster, check out the online store. We’ve gotcha covered.
The after party was a blast with DJ Sommer Santoro of Black Gold spinning vinyl, and bands, Wailin Storms, Liquor Store and Tombstone Brawlers killed it. So good!
then it was off to bed, to get up and do it all again Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out!
September 25, 2013
Yowsa! The updates are coming in to fast to post. Here’s a few updates…
Dear friend of the MFF Jessica Meany spent all day yesterday over at Haven Press hand silkscreening the limited edition, 1st Annual 2013 MFF posters designed by Adam Nickel. Wait til you see them in person, they look amazing!
Limited edition 2013 posters, hand silkscreened on 100cc French Paper, measuring 22″ x 14″, will be available for purchase at the festival and online shortly. Check out the MFF STORE.
Last night we had a few friends over to do some DIY prep for the fest. Programs and VIP passes were assembled, T-Shirts folded, and sponsor contributions for the unbelievable Raffle Bags (one bag for each of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after parties) valuing an average of $2000 each! were sorted. It took all night, but while the assembly line churned, we cooked them up a lovely dinner of linguini & mussels in a white wine butter sauce, mozzarella & prosciutto on tomato slices, perfectly rare steak, and a nice bottle of wine. Thanks guys!
Adam Nickel designed 2013 T-Shirts have arrived!
these are 2 color ink on a super soft and fitted, heathered black tee. These are 2013 collector shirts, and will only be in production for a few months. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at the festival for $30. They are also available online at the MFF STORE.
That’s it for now. See you tonight at Lady Jay’s for the first annual MFF 2013 pre party!
7pm: Roll by for a PBR, chat with the filmmakers, founders and judges, AND for our VIP Passholders, there is FREE BBQ, courtesy of Lady Jay’s. BBQ is also available for purchase.
8pm stick around for a screening of the 1986 classic ‘The Loveless’ presented by MFF Judge Paul d’Orleans (The Vintagent) & Cine Meccanica, the infamous free, weekly vehicular film night hosted by MFF Co-Founder Corinna Mantlo. Free popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, and $2 Bingo for prizes (which will include festival tickets)! Event Details and FREE RSVP HERE.
READ Paul’s review of The Loveless HERE.
September 23, 2013
(mark peacock photography)
The MFF is so proud to have such an esteemed panel of powerhouse Judges this year. They are all hard-core motorcyclists, and deeply ‘in the mix’ of contemporary global motorcycle culture. They are also all over the globe!
Of course, getting the crew together in one city for 4 days at the same time was almost as daunting a task as planning a first year film festival. But, we’re thrilled to say Stacie B. London is getting here and in style! to Join Paul d’Orleans (The Vintagent), and JP (The Selvedge Yard), by way of a little help from two of our great friends, Valerie Figarella of Motorgrrl, and Chris Miles of Jupiter’s Motorcycles.
Val got Stacie on a plane to bring Triple Nickel 555 to the East Coast to hang out with NY’s Motorgrrls!
and Chris will be getting her on a Beemer (her ride of choice), in this case specifically a BMW F800ST when she lands!
There was no way we could do the MFF without her in NY and we’d be damned if she was here without wheels. It is because of our wonderful NYC Motorcycle community and the outpouring of support from our sponsors, that this festival is possible. thanks a million guys and gals, and we’ll see you at the flicks!
Why BMW for Stacie? Well, It’s sort of a way of Life…Both classic and modern.
August 28, 2013
Because starting a film festival from scratch on top of working a day job isn’t quite busy enough, Corinna and I have also been involved in planning the New York City Vintage Motorcycle Show (NYCVMS) since 2010. Last Sunday, Bored, Stroked, Ported: The 10th annual NYC Vintage Motorcycle Show went down on n14th street in Brooklyn, graciously (and bravely…) hosted by Works Engineering. It was a total blast and I can’t say how proud I am to have been a part of it. I don’t think anyone will ever appreciate how much Erik from Works put his ass on the line and how hard he worked to make this one happen.
Amazingly enough, we were graced by the presence of no less than 2 members of our esteemed judging and hosting panel! JP from the Selvedge Yard and Paul “the Vintagent” d’Orleans (pronounced “Dor-leon”… I’m still working on it man I promise!) stopped by to spend some time and check out the vibes.
Over 400 bikes and thousands of people from all over rolled through the block throughout the day. We were joined by our friends from Motorgrrl, E3 Supply Co.,Shaw Promotions, as well as the fantastic folks from Worth Motorcycle Co. who do fantastic work for kids in Brooklyn. And, with our friends Union Garage and Handsome Bastards generously stepping up to the plate at the last minute to hook our show winners up with some excellent prizes to go along with the epic trophies made by Oscar from ECMD, the day ended on Bruce Dickenson level high note. Speaking of high notes, Coast Kids, Blackout, Purple k’niF, and the Screamin’ Rebel Angels all provided a killer sound track to the day.
All in all, it was one hell of a hangout. Ain’t no better way to spend a beautiful Sunday than some cool, delicious, refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery & Kirin breweries, some rad bands, some amazing bikes, and a ton of good people. If you happened to be there and have any pics, post ’em up to the NYCVMS flickr group in this link so everyone can relive the fun. There’s a ton more there taken by a bunch of people.