Thursday, March 20th at 9:30pm
675 Merrimon Ave
Tickets day of show $10
The Armstrong Lie
The new, unauthorized documentary The Armstrong Lie is, to use a phrase from the film, a “myth-buster.” It’s wholly necessary, brilliantly executed, and a complete bummer. Initially sanctioned by its subject, director and narrator Alex Gibney’s doc exposes evidence of Lance Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs with a reticence that matches the larger world’s reluctance to accept the truth. Gibney, too, wanted to believe in the fatherless guy from Plano, Texas, who beat cancer at 25, established a $300 million cancer support foundation, and, oh, by the way, won the Tour de France seven times in a row. Armstrong’s lie, our belief — which is sadder? Here, the rise and fall of Lance is a dizzying whirl of teammate names, scientific “doping” jargon, and the incessant drone of his own denials. It would all be exhausting if Gibney didn’t understand one key thing: Everyone loves a race. The Armstrong Lie swings back and forth in time, but its fulcrum is the extraordinary footage Gibney and ace cinematographer Maryse Alberti shot at the 2009 Tour. Archival footage depicts Armstrong’s glory days and their attendant controversies, but Gibney always turns back to that race, which looks both insane and beautiful. Many say that Armstrong sealed his doom by coming out of retirement in 2009, angering his enemies, but you have to wonder why he granted full access to so penetrating a filmmaker. The Oscar-winner has made a dazzling array of hyper-smart docs, including Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012). Their common denominator is the filmmaker’s moral outrage at powerful men who tell lies. Chuck Wilson
Official site: The Armstrong Lie Official Site
CX Shorts on Thu, Nov 14 at 9:30
April 18th at 7pm
Asheville Pizza and Brewing
Come celebrate an evening of bike culture with two hours of intense cinematography and thrilling action on the big screen. All proceeds benefit the Mars Hill College cycling team’s trip to Utah for nationals in May.
What: Line of Sight and Hit ‘Em in the Mouth (scroll down for trailers/info)
When: Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 7-9pm
Where: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC
Tickets: $10 at the door. $5 with a student ID. Ticket sales start at 6pm.
Line of Sight (60 min)
Line of Sight is the inside story of underground bicycle racing around the word. Through the lens of his helmet cameras viewers are transported into the wild and dangerous world of Alleycat racing: where high speeds, traffic, and pedestrians combine with riders hell-bent on victory at any cost. Lucas keeps pace with some of the best urban riders in the world in their natural element, including Shino, Ted Shred, Chas, Jumbo, Kevin Porter, Felipe “The King”, Austin Horse, Crihs, and Alfred Bobe Jr.
More than just a montage of vehicle-dodging, fast paced action, Line of Sight also gives the viewers an insight into the community of bicycle messengers who run and participate in these underground races. Director Benny Zenga turns the cameras back on Lucas, his compatriots, and on the incredible cities where they run wild on the streets. The end result? A world tour of the urban jungles of New York to the actual jungles of Guatemala, from the narrow maze of London streets to the Great Wall of China.
Big thanks to Lucas Brunelle for permission to screen.
Hit ‘Em in the Mouth (70 min)
Hit ‘Em in the Mouth is a feature length documentary about Seattle Bike Polo, it’s growing history, the DIY culture, the women of the sport and the world champions Team Smile. Charting the rise of bike polo from the streets of Seattle through the experiences of those who can say they were there from the start, HEITM is a glimpse into the paradoxically laid-back and frenetic world of bike polo, offering insight from its pioneers on the beginnings of the sport, including the struggle to find space to play among the city’s limited tennis courts, and win a national title while they are at it.
Hardcourt bike polo started in Seattle in 1998 with cycle couriers like Matt Messenger, aka Messman, playing between jobs. As the couriers moved on to work in bike shops, players later roped in colleagues and friends. What started off as an excuse to drink, hang out and crash their bikes became something riders took seriously until people started moving to Seattle’s “bike mecca” to play.
Thanks to the following for permission to screen: