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We can proudly announce that our short The Invisible Bicycle Helmet has now been launched at the Google forum Solve for X! Solve for X is a think tank project, which aims to promote discussion about radical technological ideas for solving global problems. Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, founders of Hövding and the stars of our film, were in New York last week to attend a special Tribeca edition of Solve for X.
You can now watch The Invisible Bicycle Helmet, as well as other short films about innovative ideas, on Solve for X’s website!
Anna and Terese with Morgan Spurlock in New York.
In January, Big Boys Gone Bananas was the Documentary of the Month with screenings all over Spain. Now the tour continues to Chile! The first screening will be held in Santiago the 16th of April followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten. The tour continues for two weeks with screenings also in Valparaíso, Panguipulli, Puerto Montt and Valdívia.
Read more about the Santiago premiere HERE!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet in international competition at Aspen Shortfest that will take place April 9-14 in Aspen, CO, USA.
Haven't seen the short yet? Watch it here!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet finalist in VELOBerlin's online bike film competition "Cycling and the City ". Out of more than 300 short films entered from over 60 countries, 20 finalists were choosen. Now it’s up to the online audience to elect the three winning films. The online vote is open from 18 February till 22 March 2013. The winners of the VELOBerlin Film Awards will be presented on 23 and 24 March 2013 at the VELOBerlin Trade Fair.
In January Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be a part of the screening network The Documentary of the Month (www.eldocumentaldelmes.com), a network consisting of approximately 40 venues all around Spain, Chile and Argentina. It was initiated by production and distribution company Parallel 40, with the aim of bringing documentary films closer to the people.
This month Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be screening as The Documentary of the Month in 27 venues throughout Spain, starting the 8th. Some of the screenings are for free! Check out the schedule here.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is hitting UK and Irish cinemas on September 21st and Fredrik Gertten will be coming over to the UK for the release. Dochouse will be hosting a special preview Q&A screening with Fredrik and Sven Hughes and chaired by Jen Robinson on Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Book tickets here.
Cambridge Picturehouse will also be hosting a preview and Q&A with Fredrik on the 19th September as part of the Cambridge Film Festival. The film is presented by our UK disitributor Dogwoof, who also gave out previous film BANANAS!* in UK 2010. Read more on bigboysgonebananas.com.
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS JOINS FREDRIK GERTTEN FOR US SCREENING DISCUSSIONS OF BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES! The film will be screened exclusively for one week at Quad Cinemas in New York City, July 27th - August 2 and at Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Laemmle's Monica 4 in Los Angeles August 3-9th.
Oscar® Nominated Directors JOE BERLINGER (PARADISE LOST 3) and MORGAN SPURLOCK (SUPER SIZE ME) will moderate the New York Q & A’s and LUCY WALKER (WASTE LAND), ELISE PEARLSTEIN (FOOD, INC.) together with ONDI TIMIONER (DIG!; WE LIVE IN PUBLIC) will lead the Los Angeles discussions. "I am so grateful and honored to have my US filmmaking colleagues joining me in these events where we can discuss freedom of speech, corporate intimidation and the future of making non-fiction films”, says Fredrik Gertten. For information and tickets go to (NYC) www.quadcinema.com (LA) laemmle.com/comingsoon.php
WORLD PREMIERE OF SHORT FILM THE INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET BY FREDRIK GERTTEN AT MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL AUGUST 2-9. Focus Forward- Short Films, Big Ideas, is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention.The initiative comes from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that has invited filmmakers across the globe and Fredrik Gertten is one of them.
The invisible bicycle helmet is about swedish design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin (photo) that lives in Malmö and started the company Hövding. Aware that bicycle helmets are one of the issues standing in the way of other cities having the same number of bikes on the streets, the pair took on a very special exam project... An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol for the impossible. If you can swing it everything is possible.
We are honored to present that BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is officially selected to screen at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival founded by filmmaker Michael Moore. The festival runs between July 31st - August 5th this year and is located in Traverse City, Michigan, US. Fredrik Gertten and lawyer Lincoln Bandlow will be at the festival August 1 to present the film.
Founder Michael Moore, winner of an Oscar (“Bowling for Columbine”), an Emmy (“TV Nation”), a Palme d’Or at Cannes (“Fahrenheit 9/11″), and the British Book of the Year award (“Stupid White Men”), was the first 18-year-old elected to public office in Michigan. He operated the art-house film series East Village Cinema in his native Flint, Michigan, for eight years. Moore serves as the board president.
Both Love Always, Carolyn (dir. Maria Ramström & Malin Korkeasalo) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (dir. Fredrik Gertten) will screen at Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy between June 8-18, the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. This will be the Italian premiere of Love Always, Carolyn.
The films, that are both biographies in some way, have won great recognition on festivals all over the world and will soon aslo be release on DVD. Look out on our webshop for more details. You can read more about Biografilm and watch theor whole programme on www.biografilm.it.
Fredrik Gertten was invited to Italy yesterday to receive the award for Best International Documentary and Best Film at MIFF Awards in Milan, Italy for his documentary BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*. The film was screened to a closed jury last month and was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best Editing. Yesterday the winners was announced at a ceremony, where Fredrik received the prize with the motivation "For the courage to tell his own 'David & Goliath" story, involving the audience from the beginning on a hot pro-environment issue."
Director Fredrik Gertten with the award for Best Documentary. Photo: MIFF Awards
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is selected to UK's biggest documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest between June 13-17. This will be the UK premiere of the film, and the start of the UK launch of the film. BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is distributed in the UK by London based disitributor Dogwoof, who also worked with BANANAS!*. The DVD will be released this summer. Read more on Sheffield Doc/Fest webpage.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* came second in the Top Ten Audience Favourite at the Canadian premiere at HotDocs last week. Every year the festival presents a selection of more than 150 documentaries from all over the world. Since the film received the Audience Award at One World Human Rights Fim Festival in Czech Republic in March, the film has been the audience favourite at several festival. Most recently at Sarasota and Full Frame Film Festival in US where the film was in the top five of audience choice.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is facing it's greatest International launch so far with Canadian premiere at HotDocs in Toronto, followed by DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver. Then the film opens theatrically May 11. Director Fredrik Gertten will be in attendance in Canada during the whole launch, toghether with the Canadian distributor Kinosmith. Kinosmith is an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. See all the screening dates in the films calendar or read more on Kinosmiths webpage.
I became a perfect end to the US tour of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* when he film was awarded for Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, US. Now the film is off to Canada, wiht screenings on Canadas two biggest documentary film festivals Hot Docs in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver.
The film won the Audience Award and the Rudolf Vrba Jury Award at One World in Prague in March. It's also nominated for Best Documentary and Best Editing at MIFF (Milan International Film Festival) in Milan, Italy.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* returns to the US after the premiere at the prestegious Sundance Film Festival in January. On Thursday April 12 the film begins its three week tour and the first screening is set to Yale University in New Haven, followed by Sarasota Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durhamn and The Washington DC International Film Festival. In the beginning of May the film premieres in Canada at Hot Docs in Toronto followed by DOXA in Vancouver. Director Fredrik Gertten will attend all screenings. For more details about the screenings, please visit the films screening calendar.
The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature. These nice people have been impressed by BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* and has granted us £10 000 to support our ongoing legal costs.
From their site: "We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. This new fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists".
If you are curious about the other grantees and their films, you can read more about them here. Thanks a lot, BRITDOC!
NOW MORE THAN 3 MILLION VIEWS! Our short film The Invisible Bicycle Helmet directed by Fredrik Gertten had its world premiere on Melbourne International Film Festival last fall and is now avaliable online - for free! Click on the player below to watch!
WG Film's co-production Love Addict screens on SVT 1 (Swedish National Broadcast) on October 16th 10.30 pm. The film is produced by Denmark based Danish Documentary and directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær.
From 1 of September to 31 of October you can watch BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* on Air Canada. The genre of documentaries is growing stronger, now we hope other airlines will get inspired. Let's hope Scandinavian airlines will follow!
Now we sell both films BANANAS!* (2009) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (2012) at a cheap package price. Buy both films for 25 EUR in our webshop. If you order for more than 50 EUR you get the shipping for free!
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* WILL HAVE ITS KOREAN PREMIERE IN COMPETITION AT EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. In past eight years, EIDF has grown as an International recognized film festival that also are broadcasting documentaries. After the premiere at the festival, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is one of the films that will be aired at the channel this fall. The EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL IN SEOUL runs between August 17-24. Read more...
It's time for the Italian audience to meet BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* as the film will have it's Italian premiere at Bellaria Doc Film Festival between May 31 - June 3. This will be the first public screening of the film since it won the award Best International Documentary at MIFF Awards in the beginning of May. Read more about the screening on www.bigboysgonebananas.com.
Our new film BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* will have an audience in the UK and Ireland as the distribution rights yesterday was sold to London based distribution and sales company Doogwoof. Doogwoof was also the distributors behind Fredrik Gertten's previous film BANANAS!*. The film will be avaliable on cinemas and DVD soon. Read more on Dogwoofs website.