BIKELANTIS Completes a Successful Fundraising Campaign.

Producer Luis Eduardo Villamizar answers questions and presents the official trailer at the kick-off event in Lafayette, Indiana.

Producer Luis Eduardo Villamizar answers questions and presents the official trailer at the kick-off event in Lafayette, Indiana.

BIKELANTIS, a Full-Length Documentary on Bicycling Culture Around the Country Completes a Successful Fundraising Campaign.

Atlanta, Georgia – October 15, 2014 – The thirty day, fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com kicked-off with an event at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana. The night was highlighted with interactive art, music, items for sale, a silent auction and the films’ producer, Luis Eduardo Villamizar, who was in attendance, held a Q&A session and presented the films’ new, official trailer. The goal amount was $6,000. 

Two bike rides, one in Lafayette and another during the Tour de Fat in Tempe, Arizona were organized and well attended by Bikelantis Crews, comprised of friends, family and supporters. At the final moments of the campaign, the Law of Office of Attorney Kevin Muñoz generously donated $2,000 towards the post-production of the film. Overall the campaign raised $6,824.00 to go toward completing the film.

The film’s producer Luis Eduardo Villamizar says, “We are committed to completing Manny’s dream into reality and these finishing funds will provide every audience with a film that encourages each viewer to “live like Manny”, and strive for a better way of living together.  Bikelantis reminds us of our own potential to inspire and be inspired, and to create positive change”.

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. 

His film, BIKELANTIS, is an exploration of how cycling is changing communities. The documentary explores more than twenty 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 global capacity for compassion between neighbors, and ultimately bike friendliness.

While Manny is no longer with us, his dream to uncover and redeem this Bikelantis-Utopia lives on.  Manny was an artist, philosopher, visionary, and adventurer.  Because he found beauty where it’s often overlooked, his film is uniquely precious and powerful.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – MANNY CERVANTES

Emmanuel Cervantes, 35, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on May 15, 2014. He was affectionately known as “Manny” to his friends and family.

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 to 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.

To learn more about Emmanuel and what it means to #livelikemanny, visit www.livelikemanny.com Details can be found there regarding a memorial fund that has been established in his name.

About Indiegogo

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Bikelantis Website

www.bikelantis.com

For additional information, contact:

Luis Villamizar

LEV-MEDIA

luisv@lev-media.com

I Like Your E N E R G Y!

Last November I was lucky to start working on this documentary created by my friend, Manny Cervantes.  I was so excited and honored to have this opportunity to work with such a talented person, whose work I admired and personally, was a very unique individual who had such a passion for what he did, a true visionary. He saw the beauty in people and in things that most take for granted and he would challenge you to think about life, art, music, and tons of other topics and to take a different approach and outlook to life.

After he finished filming all over the states, twenty plus cities, he stayed with me in Atlanta for about three weeks in April, as we started post-production. I will always treasure those days, even that day he got on my nerves; you still had to love him for being real. Sadly in May, Manny passed away and his passing left many unanswered questions. I don’t know if we will ever fully find out what happened to him but I know that he would have wanted us to continue to live our lives and live them to the fullest, filled with love for one another and to keep riding.  In my own family the summer was just as cruel with the deaths of several relatives. I've seen an outpour of love, comments and gestures in their honor that has touched my heart as they all left such a positive impact in our lives.

During this time, I finally started working again on the film.  It was very tough to hear his voice without crying but even then he continued to teach me so much thru the interviews and other videos he produced. At times I can still feel his presence and guidance as I work on the film.  Working on this project has been an extremely emotional process and a very rewarding one, in the sense that it has put many things in perspective. What has really helped me thru it all was YOU, his friends, family and even people who never met him but are now becoming aware of him, you have all helped me with your support and words of encouragement. You have all welcomed me in to your worlds, shared your "Manny stories" with me and helped me in ways beyond words. I only hope to keep his vision for the film intact and help to pass on a part his legacy with his film.

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.  It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. 

-Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 541

Manny has touched us all in so many ways and will forever be a part of us. Thank you my friend for touching my heart.

I want to thank everyone who has contributed, in so many ways, to help to make this project, his dream, a reality.  I was working on this thank you message the last few days of the campaign and again I felt his presence last night telling me to use his words.  This was something I wanted to use for the film but what better way to say thank you now than straight from him. This is something Manny wrote in a notebook:

The greatest compliment any person can pay is, “Hey I like your energy!” It might mean something magical, or it could mean, “I like the way you move.” We value it in athletes. We call it force, speed, power. We get it from music. It moves us! So I guess what I’m saying to all of you friends & family is, “I’m so Thankful for all of ya’lls energy! I GIVE YOU THANX
— Emmanuel "Manny" Cervantes

A SPECIAL HIGH FIVE

HELLO BIKELANTIANS!!!!

Today I have two, special messages to share with everyone. The second one is about “ENERGY” and I will share it later today.

But first, as you may now know, last night the time ran out on our thirty (30) day fundraising campaign.  From the very first day, from the event at Carnahan Hall to the ride in Tempe, to late last night, the amount of support and love for this project was outstanding. With the total from the kick-off event in Lafayette, our grand total was $4,824 leaving us $1,176 short of our goal. 

This morning I spoke with Attorney Kevin Muñoz and Adriana Escoto from The Law of Office of Attorney Kevin Muñoz in Indianapolis.  They both were very close friends with Manny and he had also done various video projects and worked on the website design for Kevins’ law firm.  I’m thrilled to announce that The Law of Office of Attorney Kevin Muñoz has generously donated $2,000 this morning towards the post-production of the film!!!

So you know I have to give an ULTIMATE HIGH FIVE to Syed Liaquat Ali, Raquel Tejada, Adriana Escoto, Sayra Perez, Lupe Dimental, Christopher Komari and Kevin Muñoz for this amazing donation and helping us pass the goal!! On behalf of the entire production crew and Manny's family, Thank you Kevin and your entire staff for helping us make Bikelantis a reality.  If you know them or go by their office, give them a HIGH FIVE and a huge THANK YOU!!  http://www.muñozlegal.com


press release: BIKELANTIS Kicks-off Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo.

BIKELANTIS, a Full-Length Documentary on Bicycling Culture Around the Country Kicks-off Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo.

Lafayette, Indiana September 24, 2014 – 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. 

His film, BIKELANTIS, is an exploration of how cycling is changing communities. The documentary explores more than twenty 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 global capacity for compassion between neighbors, and ultimately bike friendliness.

While Manny is no longer with us, his dream to uncover and redeem this Bikelantis-Utopia lives on.  Manny was an artist, philosopher, visionary, and adventurer.  Because he found beauty where it’s often overlooked, his film is uniquely precious and powerful.

The film’s producer Luis Eduardo Villamizar says, “We are committed to completing this very important film and seeking contributions to financially assist the post-production process.  These finishing funds will provide every audience with a film that encourages each viewer to “live like Manny”, and strive for a better way of living together.  Bikelantis reminds us of our own potential to inspire and be inspired, and to create positive change”.

The thirty day, fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com kicked-off with an held an event at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana last Friday and raised $1,300. The night was highlighted with interactive art, music, items for sale, a silent auction and the films’ producer, Luis Eduardo Villamizar, who was in attendance, held a Q&A session and presented the films’ new, official trailer.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – MANNY CERVANTES

Emmanuel Cervantes, 35, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on May 15, 2014. He was affectionately known as “Manny” to his friends and family.

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 to 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.

To learn more about Emmanuel and what it means to #livelikemanny, visit www.livelikemanny.com Details can be found there regarding a memorial fund that has been established in his name.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Since 2008, millions of contributors have empowered hundreds of thousands of inventors, musicians, do-gooders, filmmakers – and many more – to bring their dreams to life.

www.indiegogo.com

Bikelantis Website

www.bikelantis.com

Bikelantis Fundraising Campaign

www.indiegogo.com/projects/bikelantis/x/2650458

For additional information, contact: 

Luis Villamizar

LEV-MEDIA

luisv@lev-media.com

Bikelantis Kicks-Off Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo

Bikelantis & #livelikeManny T-shirts 

Bikelantis & #livelikeManny T-shirts 

On Friday, September 12, 2014 we kicked off a thirty day, fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com and held an event at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana.  The night was highlighted with interactive art, music, items for sale, a silent auction and the film producer, Luis Eduardo Villamizar, who was in attendance, held a Q&A session and presented the films’ new, official trailer.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on in Lafayette. We had an amazing turn out and raised $1,300!! Thank you for your generous contributions and loving support. A special thank you to Aaron Bumgarner, Seema Choudhary, Steph Says and Karina Venis for organizing the event. Please continue to help us to spread the word about #BIKELANTIS - Here's the link to the campaign page:  See the event photos here