Cycling Arts & Culture - Klunkerz 2009 Cycling Film
of the Year
Endurance Sport Awards awards Billy Savage film chronicling the
birth of mountain biking top film Best of the year.
Competitor Publishing co-founder, Festival organizer, and Challenged Athletes
Foundation co-founder Bob Babbit and Billy Savage.
They Re-Invented the Wheel & Created a New Sport
San Diego, California - As a very physically fit crowd of nearly 600 of
the world's best endurance athletes, sports filmmakers, and their fans looked
on, 'KLUNKERZ' won the 2009 'Cycling Film of the Year' award at the 17th Annual
Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards. The film chronicles the birth of
the off-road bicycle in the 1960s and 1970s, and the unique athletes and
artisans credited with inventing the world-wide phenomenon.
The black-tie gala was held on Saturday night in the Nautilus Pavilion at Sea
World in San Diego, CA. This was the inaugural year for the Competitor Film
Festival, which played in conjunction with the ESAs.
Cycling legends Gary Fisher (L) and Charlie Kelly (R) with actor Dennis
Cycling legends and subjects of the film, Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, were
on-hand to support the film's writer/producer/director, Billy Savage, who
accepted the award.
Klunkerz writer/producer/director Billy Savage with Dennis Christopher of
'Breaking Away' fame.
The award was presented by Dennis Christopher, star of the groundbreaking
1979 cycling film 'Breaking Away'. The slightly underdressed Savage was overhead
saying "I'm honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award. This award is
for all of us, the cycling pioneers who trusted me to tell their story, and for
my amazing crew who worked so hard on this film."
Best Film Awards
Boulder Film Festival - "Make Your Own Legends" Award
Durango Independent Film Festival - Best Documentary
The film is the story of the birth of the modern mountain bike, as told by the
people who were there. The film stars Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Mike
Sinyard, Charlie Kelly, Steve Potts, Wende Cragg, Charlie Cunningham, Alan
Bonds, Jacquie Phelan, etc. and the more obscure characters that influenced
these pioneers. It was this small group of riders that reinvented the wheel.
They created a healthy pastime for the masses, a multi-billion dollar industry,
and an Olympic event.
KLUNKERZ gives a glimpse into what the San Francisco cycling scene was like
in the 1960s and 1970s. There's lots of vintage footage of Gary Fisher, Joe
Breeze, Tom Ritchey, and the rest of the gang during their early road racing and
cyclo-cross careers. Of course, we get to see them rip the Repack racecourse on
50lb. pre-WWII Schwinns, but there's much more, as well. The film takes us to
where the road ends, and the trail truly begins. The film has been playing on
the festival circuit in the U.S. for most of '07 and has been extremely well
received by audiences and the press alike.
This is what Jimmy Mac, Editor of Mountain Bike Action, had to say about the
film after it's Hollywood, CA Premiere at Hollywood and Vine... "Director Billy
Savage has put together a remarkable film that traces the early evolution of
mountain biking with current interviews of the principle players and rare early
footage of the gang responsible for all the fun we have off road today. Maybe
the most remarkable thing about the film is that you do not have to be a
mountain biker to be thoroughly entertained. This is an interesting, funny and
important story that finally gets the attention it deserves. Got a friend on the
fence about mountain biking? See this film with them." Mountain Bike Action,
The film was nominated for 'Best Documentary' and 'Emerging Filmmaker' awards
at the '07 X-Dance Action Sports Awards. William Savage, the films creator had
the privilege of presenting the star of the film, Gary Fisher, a 'Lifetime
Achievement' award at the event. The film won 'Best Documentary' at the Durango
Independent Film Festival and set attendance records there, and the Mill Valley
Film Festival. Purchase DVD.
Klunkerz Wins "Make Your Own Legends" Award at
Boulder Film Festival
Earlier this month he Billy Savage Film about the founding of
mountain biking was honored with the Boulder Film Festival's slogan "Make Your
Own Legends" Award.
"This is one of our proudest awards and the message of making your own
legends helped to define the basics of why we started the film festival five
years ago. We had over 200 submissions from around the world, 40 of those films
were selected and shown at the festival. From those 40, Klunkerz is one of only
9 films chosen as a distinct winner at the festival." Commented Mark Reiner
organiser of the festival.
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