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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

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 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.

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER | MANNY CERVANTES

Since 2012, Director/Producer Manny Cervantes was working hard on accomplishing one of his dreams, a full-length documentary on bicycling culture around the country.  He toured the country filming and interviewing cyclists of all stripes to get a perspective on what is advancing cycling in their specific areas.

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. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana 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. Emmanuel 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.

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DIRECTOR, PRODUCER | MANNY CERVANTES

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER | MANNY CERVANTES

PRODUCER | LUIS EDUARDO VILLAMIZAR

PRODUCER | LUIS EDUARDO VILLAMIZAR

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | LINDSAY BANE

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | LINDSAY BANE

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“This looks to be a really promising movie documenting the diversity of bike culture progression around the country.”
— Scott Spitz, Urban Velo

Urban Velo - Bikelantis Documentary

Bicycle Lafayette - CycleCinema Tonight at the Lafayette Theater  - News and Events

Milano Fixed - Bikelantis teaser

Atlanta Curbed - 30 Things To Do At Sunday's Streets Alive West End

Lafayette Journal & Courier - 'Manny' Cervantes leaves legacy: art and companionship

Think Lafayette - Friday: Bikelantis Movie Fundraiser At Carnahan Hall

MyBike Magazine - BIKELANTIS – How cycling is changing communities

WLFI News 18 - Family reflects one year after Manny Cervantes’ death

 

 
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