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Los Angeles, CA
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Ride the Divide is an award-winning feature film about the world's toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.  


Mike, a 40-year old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who's competing for his 5th time; and Mary, the first female rider to race this route, will set out to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks they'll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet over the Rocky Mountains. That's the equivalent of ascending Mount Everest from sea level seven times.
They'll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they'll race with no support – at times in total isolation.  The tests of endurance and the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reflect on our inner desires to live life to the fullest.


MIKE DION (Executive Producer):  Ride The Divide is his producing debut in the feature length documentary genre. No stranger to producing and directing content, Mike has created hundreds of projects while at Starz Entertainment, The Hallmark Channel and various independent production companies. Mike has produced and directed content for brands such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Vongo, Toyota, Weber Grills and Quiznos.  Early in his career he also crewed on the feature films: A River Runs Through It, Far and Away, Dante's Peak, The Brave and Reggie's Prayer.  Mike is now concentrating on creating digital motion pictures that tell compelling stories for brands and advertising clients in the outdoor lifestyle industry.

HUNTER WEEKS (Director):  Hunter previously directed and produced independent films "10 MPH" (2007) and "10 Yards" (2009).  He's led efforts to bring major partners on board to help fund and promote the films, including companies such as CBS Sports, Quiznos, YouTube, Crocs, SmartWool, Fender and Chipotle.
He's also the author of the 10 MPH DIY Manual which discusses unique PR, Marketing and distribution insights on how to distribute indie films. Hunter also has a strong background in social media platforms and web marketing.
Hunter has spoken on his achievements in distributing and marketing films at various major film events including Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, The Conversation and DIY Days.


With the rapid emergence of several new models of production, distribution, exhibition and audience discovery comes a quarterly event to Los Angeles that curates high quality award-winning contemporary art films and connects artists and their audience in an innovative, interactive and entirely participatory manner.  CINEFIST offers to its participants an event-based curated series of feature-length motion pictures that are supplemented by after-parties, live music, insightful case studies and interactive Q&As with the innovative filmmakers that are selected to participate. Additionally, the audience is asked to vote for the next film in the series through a selection of trailers that play prior to the event and SMS polling technology.  The series presents the work of innovative and original independent filmmakers to audiences that appreciate cutting edge, provocative art house fare. It is non- competitive, with no separate categories or prizes, and a rolling admissions process.  Filmmakers share in the revenue generated from the event and are encouraged to connect with their fans, provide DVD's and sell merchandise at the venue.

Cinema Speakeasy was started in Los Angeles in 2009 because good independent films are seldom seen in a group setting, because ideas need to be shared, because communities need to be fostered, because there is a scarcity of exhibition opportunity for independent films, and because we believe that curation is the answer to media oversaturation.  We showcase independent films in regular programs on a monthly basis at locations around Los Angeles & we support filmmakers by helping them with marketing, aligning them with new audiences, and providing creative support. Cinema Speakeasy aims to model an actionable step filmmakers can take for themselves to help shatter an opaque film distribution system. Our format is open and designed to be replicated: Anyone can do a Cinema Speakeasy.  We are a not-for-profit and all screening proceeds go towards promoting our organization, our filmmakers and our venues.  Cinema Speakeasy is committed to showing totally independent film, in all its permutations, funny and tragic, short and feature-length alike. Cinema Speakeasy regularly features workshops, shorts, features and education programs.

Film Courage has expanded with a monthly screening series at The Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. In a four-hour live event the last Monday of every month, The Film Courage Interactive showcases a couple short films, an independent feature, director's Q & A, and caps off the night with a filmmaking discussion group where people share about the ups and downs of their pursuit, epiphanies on success, and more.  The Film Courage Interactive is a two-part event. The beginning will contain a film screening with Director's Q&A. The second part involves an in-depth discussion among fellow filmmakers/actors/writers and the like on upcoming projects, the current state of independent film and epiphanies about the business. The goal of the Film Courage Interactive is to build an appetite for independent film and bring artists together in a collaborative setting.


Downtown Independent
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States



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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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