Film awards stir controversy with angry bike anthem

The spokesman, James, collected a bike from every Epoch
Screen capture The Spokesman, on vimeo

Spring brings a warm breath of cheer to anyone who rides a bike, especially those who have toughed out the chills and survived the sneckdowns to finally see the snow cede a bit wider margin of safety back to the two wheelers "sharing" the road.

And for those who look forward to the Berlinale's annual bicycle movie counterpart, the VELOBerlin film awards, the winners are in.

El Diablo at VELOBerlin film awards/Screen captureThe story of Didi Senft, better known as “El Diablo”, symbol and metaphor of all cycling fans

In this year's first place film by John Benson & Ward Evans -- AKA sausage -- a pair of US-based directors have tapped into a deep vein of anger among bike riders. In a film too family-unfriendly to feature here, four friends fight a daily battle with an infrastructure that fails to support those who are doing what is right for their carbon footprint. You can take a look at road rage from the perspective of the bicyclists for yourself at VELOBerlin. Tell us what you think in the comments.

The runner up sets an entirely different mood, celebrating the bicycle's long history in the words of a collector known at The Spokesman. Director Dean Saffron explains:

I simply had to make this video after meeting "James" a very enigmatic man who has taken it upon himself to collect one bicycle from each developmental epoch for future generations to enjoy.

Did you know your car came from bikes? If you don't believe it, hear it from The Spokesman. Although the Spokesman himself, pictured at top, passed away from cancer before the awards, his legacy will live on in both this film and the bikes he preserved.

Cycle at VELOBerlin film awards/Screen captureCycle: a motion study in aquarell

In third place, The Fixed Chase turns a bump on a bike into a high speed pursuit. With tension building to the throbbing beat, you won't be able to stop watching until the suspense climaxes with a surprise unveiling.

See these and the rest of a great collection at VELOBerlin Film Award 2014

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