Still We Ride DVD

Still We Ride DVD

by Andrew Lynn, Elizabeth Press and Christopher Ryan

New Version includes a new Fly comic zine about Times Up! and 6 new bonus shorts including "Dooring PSA", "Gears for Fears", "Hit a Frog", "Congestion Pricing", "Unconventional Critical Mass", uncut Chris Carlson Interview, and "Memorial Ride". This action packed documentary by Elizabeth Press, Andrew Lynn, and Chris Ryan is a glimpse into the shocking showdown between the monthly Critical Mass ride and the New York City Police Department in the months after August 2004. It is also a wake up call to all Americans, whether they ride bicycles or simply value the freedom of speech and peaceably assemble. On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history. But that was just the beginning! Still We Ride illustrates the climate of both fear and resilience that gripped NYC's cycling community amidst the ongoing monthly crackdowns. Watch the trailer!

 

Comments

Profane Existence 9/20/2010

"Still We Ride is an incredible documentary about Critical Mass, its founders and beginnings, its growth and its attempted demise by the New York City police department neighboring the Republican National Convention in 2004. With striking footage of critical mass rides spliced with riot footage and police brutality, the documentary chronicles the rise of critical mass in New York, as well as worldwide. This specific footage focuses on the mass that resulted in over 200 arrests, and the continued attempts of the NYPD to criminalize biking and organized non-violent group action. At just 40 minutes long, this film is packed with information on just how far police are willing to go to try and take away individual freedoms. This is a must have!"

Lipstik Indie 7/31/2010

" ... the doc is a passionate telling of the clashes between Critical Mass and authorities and they make no attempt to hide their own personal bias. The film is vibrant, taking the viewer into the sub-culture, and talking about their struggle in terms of basic rights and self-expression."

Roctober 1/26/2010

“The Still We Ride documentary really proves that bikers are more virtuous than evil NYC cops who are exposed as straight up criminals as they clumsily try to go undercover at bike parties and are busted editing a surveillance video to frame a biker. Though I have to say, in Chicago we would never be as obstinate or threatening to police … don’t these New Yorkers know the deal? Of course justice will not prevail if you challenge cop authority. But overall, which I may not ride in a Critical Mass, these releases (more than even $5 gas) have me dusting off old Betsy.”

Profane Existance 11/1/2009

"Still We Ride is an incredible documentary about Critical Mass, its founders and beginnings, its growth and its attempted demise by the New York City police department neighboring the Republican National Convention in 2004. With striking footage of critical mass rides spliced with riot footage and police brutality, the documentary chronicles the rise of critical mass in New York, as well as worldwide. This specific footage focuses on the mass that resulted in over 200 arrests, and the continued attempts of the NYPD to criminalize biking and organized non-violent group action. At just 40 minutes long, this film is packed with information on just how far police are willing to go to try and take away individual freedoms. This is a must have!"

Satya Magazine 11/1/2009

"As a young child shouts in the beginning of the documentary, Still We Ride is about “something critical that has become criminal.” With interviews from Time’s Up!, civil rights lawyers Norman Siegel and Gideon Oliver, and NYC cyclists, the film discusses the infringements on our rights to ride and assemble and the larger implications. With shocking footage of police brutality toward cyclists, illegal searches and confiscation and destruction of bicycles, Still We Ride makes you wonder why this is happening and who is calling the shots. How can a celebration of cycling be treated as an illegal activity?"

The Indypendent 11/1/2009

"till We Ride, a gripping new documentary by Andrew Lynn, Elizabeth Press, and Christopher J. Ryan, chronicles the NYPD crackdown on Critical Mass that began in August 2004. While the story is well known to the movie’s core audience, Still We Ride succeeds in adding dramatic visuals to a storyline that has mostly became a depressing litany of monthly arrest statistics.

One of the most gripping characters in the film is Paulette Giguere, who began the evening of the August 2004 Critical Mass ride celebrating her 50th birthday with a new bike and ended it locked up on Pier 57 and plastered across the front page of the New York Daily News. Paulette Giguere is so far from the picture of the usual hippie or punk activist that she gives lie to the NYPD portrayal of the ride. The filmmakers caught police officers on tape claiming that the Critical Mass was “infiltrated by the ACLU and other groups” and that it “has become an anarchist group.”

The power of the video image is both the greatest strength and weakness of Still We Ride. Over the course of the film, viewers come face to face with police brutality (including a dramatic standoff in front of St. Marks Church on 2nd Ave.), and an assortment of joyful bikers and colorful characters. After watching Still We Ride, it becomes clear just how pervasive the video camera has become at political protests. To some degree, the pictures determine the direction of the story. It would have been informative to see more about the early days of Critical Mass before it became so controversial.

These, however, are minor quibbles. “These guys won’t stop cars,” smirks one NYPD patrolman observing a Critical Mass ride. Probably true, but the highly entertaining Still We Ride may help stop the NYPD’s attack on a peaceful ride."

screechtoahalt 12/28/2005

It might be short, but it's very well done. I saw this as well as a few other videos on this site at the Lost Film Fest which came to my little PA town recently. It definetly shook me up a little and pissed me off a lot and made me happy to ride my bike even more!

revphil 11/27/2005

Noteworthy: The 3 directors of Still We Ride were all arrested for biking during Critical Mass in NYC. To find out more info about why this is important check http://www.times-up.org/ AND http://www.stillweridethemovie.com/

Or maybe you like it when the government sues a volunteer organization for promoting a bike ride. For having it listed on Time's Up web calendar the nonprofit has had to pay $45,000 in legal paperwork fees (their lawyers work pro bono) ... that is more than Time's Up entire yearly budget.

I hope you buy this movie, then organize some screenings.

NYC Independent Media Center

Still We Ride succeeds in adding dramatic visuals to a storyline that has mostly became a depressing litany of monthly arrest statistics. Over the course of the film, viewers come face to face with police brutality and an assortment of joyful bikers and colorful characters. After watching Still We Ride, it becomes clear just how pervasive the video camera has become at political protests.

Hex Zine

Between the participants, the lawyers, organizers, and more this is a fairly well-rounded documentary that shows that not only were a bunch of smart-alec kids fucked with, but a lot of regular Joe's and Jane's who wanted nothing more than to go for a huge bike ride.