Messenger films we missed at the Bicycle Film Festival
26.11.07 by Buffalo Bill
Here’s a couple of films that weren’t in the London Bicycle Film Festival 2007. I was disappointed not to see them, because they are amongst the best films I have seen on bicycle messengers.
The first is called ‘On the board’:
The maker of ‘On the board’, Dan Gingold, says that he was inspired to make the film because I get the feeling that the general public thinks that the job we do is simple. I wanted to show that there are a lot of skills involved, from the physical aspect of being fast and not getting run over, to the logistical aspect of having to keep a bunch of different information in your head and using that information to do the job well. The radio system that my company uses is much more challenging and engaging then the normal Nextel dispatch, and I wanted to highlight that.
He also says that he doesn’t dislike any videos, but some of the films in which the messengers get to boasting about how they are “the best” [get] a little old.
The second is called Even the girls:
As you can see, this film was made in NYC and is about girl messengers. The maker is Ashira Siegel and she has a little more info on the Red Riding Hood site.
Along with Philip Diprose’s Written in the streets (which was in the London BFF last year), I would say these are my favourite films about messengers. There are other films made by messengers, or feature messengers, (Roller Race & Tag, for instance) which are as good, but these are the best films about the job that I have seen.