Where: Chashama at 217 E. 42nd St.
When: March 22 at 7, 9 & 11 p.m.
How much: $6
An ordained reverend from Portland is traveling the country with a film about bike porn. Had no idea such a subculture existed? Neither did we. It seems like people on the West Coast are so in to bikes, the relationship borders on sexual. We called the film’s “curator,” the Rev. Phil, 31, for answers. The film screens this Saturday and Phil will be there, you know, to explain.
What’s up with your name, are you really a reverend?
I’m an ordained minister from the Church of Bicycle Jesus in Seattle. Bicycles for me are a lot about freedom. You can’t really ask for more than the ability to transport yourself. I do a bike church every Sunday in Portland. I try to [organize a game of] bicycle polo.
Is this a joke?
No! You tell me what church is. Then I’ll tell you how I define church. Some people say church is a place, but I say church is a people. Being in a park, and being able to ride bikes with my friends feels really great. You’ve got to do some more research about biking: It’s huge!
Does this have to do with God?
Regarding higher power, that’s all individual. No one’s going to be able to dictate for you what is and isn’t out there. Those are belief systems. And trying to tell people what to believe isn’t very bright. I believe in bicycles because I know they’re there.
Tell me about this upcoming film, “The Pornography of Bicycles.” How did it come about?
Last year, I asked a few friends if they would make me some bike porn. They told a couple of friends, and the next thing I know is, a whole lot of people were submitting. I got submissions from across the West Coast. It became much larger than I anticipated.
Read full "bike porn" interview here.
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