Since 2012, Director/Producer Manny Cervantes was working hard on accomplishing one of his dreams, a full-length documentary on bicycling culture around the United States. He toured the country filming and interviewing cyclists of all stripes to get a perspective on what is advancing cycling in their specific areas.
BIKELANTIS is an exploration of how cycling is changing communities. The documentary explores more than 20 cities and looks at bike shops, bike sharing, city planning, competition, advocacy, bike touring and many other topics affecting cyclists nationwide. Lafayette, Indiana is featured as a vibrant, cycling community where biking is evolving and the Hood Ride Bicycle Shop in Phoenix, Arizona is showcased as an example of a fully realized bicycle habitat.
BIKELANTIS envisions a bike universe with a strong sense of community that is part of a healthier, creative lifestyle with a global capacity for compassion between neighbors and ultimately, bike friendliness.
Shorty after completing principal photography, Emmanuel Cervantes, 35, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on May 15, 2014. He was affectionately known as “Manny” to his friends and family. While Manny is no longer with us, his dream to uncover and redeem this Bikelantis-Utopia lives on.
Manny was the type of person we often don’t come across. He was an artist, philosopher, visionary, and adventurer. He loved his life and lived it to the fullest. He found beauty where it’s often overlooked and was always filled with hope for a better tomorrow. When he walked into a room, it was immediately consumed with positive energy. His laugh and smile were contagious.
Manny was a great listener and teacher who was always there for friends, family, and general acquaintances to offer advice or a consoling heart. He sought a deep understanding of his purpose, doing his part to leave a lasting and positive change on the world. Those that had the pleasure to know and love him are all better off because of the positive light he radiated.
He was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but registered as a Mexican citizen to Susana Venis and Alvaro Cervantes on April 11, 1979. He was raised in Montgomery County, Indiana. Manny graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana majoring in cinematography and spent his career working in various small business media production settings, shooting and editing commercials and other video projects. His freelance promotional videos for various artists and community arts and cultural events are widely viewed online. Manny was also involved in teaching youth in the community. In his later years, he grew as a bicycling enthusiast and began working on this documentary film, chronicling his various cycling trips around the country. This is BIKELANTIS.
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