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BREAKIN L.A.
 
BREAKIN L.A.
 
NY Premiere

Director: Karla Lemus & Boris Castro

Germany, 2012, 76min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Documentary
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Crew:  Cinematography: Karla Lemus - Editing: Boris Castro - Production: Green Hunter Productions
Email:  ftwbreakin-LA.com
web:  www.breakin-LA.com

synopsis
A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg, Sankt Pauli traveled to Los Angeles, to cross the city for 12 days into all cardinal directions. They cruised through the barrios of East L.A., to the beaches of Venice, climbed the Hollywood Hills and discovered a forgotten velodrome in Encino. They worked as volunteers at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row, where 15,000 people live homeless and as a contrast they face the madness of lethal weapons at the L.A. Gun range in downtown. The movie is not just showing Los Angeles from an unknown perspective, it also puts up the question how one can cross this ecological and cultural desert. But the group is not alone, because L.A. shaped a remarkable and complex bike community, who daily faces the pressures of modern evolution and overcome the distances and the traffic. Along the boulevards that are lined by palms trees either in the rich residential areas or in the ganglands of the poor, their bikes became a tool to discover, to challenge and to encounter.

director
Karla Lemus & Boris Castro bio.


filmmaker's note
The riders are originally from the streets. They are former messengers, trick and bmx riders with fixed or singlespeed gear, who ride the streets, that had been made for automobiles. The filmmakers had to learn how to shoot a film about bikes from bikes, which turned out to be another challenge along the way. It was remarkable, that their passion for cycling made them meet like-minded people and created friendships that went beyond a superficial get-to- know. Everyone made his own emotional experience on this trip. Additionally the protagonists had high expectations and although the fixed gear scene is often labeled as a trend, BREAKIN L.A. portrays how the riders enjoy the origin of cycling. With a fixed gear and brakeless you live to see the car city from a totally different point of view, because one has to ride anticipating whats lies ahead and the strength of your legs determines acceleration or standstill. LINKS:

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