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Streetfilms: Debut of Bay Area Street Portraits for Bike Month 2010

10:28 AM PDT on May 5, 2010

In celebration of Bike Month this May, Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetfilms are pleased to debut a new series of short films called Bay Area Street Portraits, inspiring vignettes of people in the Bay Area who have incorporated bicycles into the fabric of their lives.

The first film centers on Terri Saul, an artist in Berkeley who paints impossible childhood fantasies on canvas. Inspired by
her Choctaw-Chickasaw roots as well as memories of childhood bike
rides through the outer edges of Los Angeles, many of Terri’s paintings
combine classic Tour de France imagery with the regalia of Native
American dancers. And now, her daughter Lydia, is taking to the
magic and independence of the bicycle.

The films are produced, shot and edited by Charlotte Buchen, a wonderful filmmaker and producer at PBS Frontline/World. You'll notice Charlotte's lyrical style is a bit of a departure from traditional Streetfilms, but we think you'll love the result. For those of you who attended the Streetfilms fundraiser in March, these films will be familiar. For everyone else, we hope you enjoy them and pass them to your networks and friends.

The series of three films will air on consecutive Wednesdays in May, starting with Terri's portrait here. Happy Bike Month!

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