2012 Los Angeles Motorcycle Film Festival Recap

Motorcycle Movie Festival

Motorcycles, a red carpet, eating good food, drinking beer, and enjoying great short films about motorcycling. That sums up the 2012 Los Angeles Motorcycle Film Festival held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles last Sunday.

Highlights of the Motorcycle Film Festival included two films by Ultimate MotorCycling contributor Jon Beck-Wayfarers Memoirs (an artsy documentary with Jason Lee) and Adventure Summit (an adventure travel documentary).

There were also documentaries, including Dot Richardson by Toast (0:04:34), Chronicles of a Club Racer by Ray Gauger and John Hensley, Left Side Story by Toru Tanida (from Australia and Japan), The Ural Experience by Ari Henning, and, from France, Long Live the Kings by Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kerasauson.

Other short films on motorcycling included comedy: Emmett Deemus (a comedy by Larry Hankin), Vanstock and The Anniversary by Laura Evans. Animation was offered in The Donster by Nicholas Gurewitch.

Trailers included Acting Outlaws by Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff, Me and Will by Sherrie Rose and Melisssa Behr, It Takes Two by Sebastie Nuns, Moto 4 by The Assignment, and Better in the Wind.

Also, to raise money for Riders For Health (riders.org), there was a drawing for products donated by HJC Helmets, the Academy of Motorcycle Operation, Atlantis Motor, Eagle Rider, Oakley, Hollywood Electrics, Yanazzo Garage, and Mi Piace Restaurant.

There was also an auction for a ride to lunch with actresses Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica and ActingOutlaws, which was won by Melanie of Evanston, Illinois, who paid $2700 for the lunch ride.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).