Bikes vs. Cars


Film Info
Director:Fredrik Gertten
Year of Production:2015
Premiere Status:California Premiere
Running Time:90 min


6:00pm :: Opening Night Reception

Celebrate our 5th Birthday! We're bringing together our eco-savvy, movie-loving community for a bike themed night of fun. Meet guests, filmmakers and artists while enjoying local sustainable food & beverages. You must be 21+ to attend.

8:00pm :: Opening Night Premiere

Bikes vs. Cars

Gridlock is wasting people's time, polluting the air and contributing to climate change. Bikes vs. Cars launches the 2015 Festival focus on Changing Cities. From award-winning director and journalist Fredrik Gertten (BANANAS!*, Big Boys Gone Bananas!*) and executive producer Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car?, Revenge of the Electric Car), the film investigates the daily global spectacle of bikes and traffic.

Activists and cities around the world are moving towards two-wheels. But will the economic powers allow it? From the crusades of bike activists in car-centric Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, to the city of Copenhagen where forty percent commute daily by bike, Bikes vs. Cars considers the possible revolutionary changes to our cities if we made room for bicyclists.

- Chris Paine, executive producer
- Dan Koeppel, bike activist and film's subject

WINNER: 2015 SFGFF Best Feature Award

Opening Night Grand Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente

Hospitality Sponsors:

Blue Heron Catering | One Big Fish Events

21st Amendment Brewery | Bi-Rite Catering | Cole Hardware Wines | Frey Vineyards | Kitchit | Kuli Kuli | Little Green Cyclo | The Love & Hummus Co. | Marlo's Bake Shop | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Sour Flour | Thirsty Bear | Trinity Oaks | Volcano Kimchi

Art & Exhibits:

Exploratorium | Frankentrikes | Griffin One | Snap Fiesta



Join us and special guest Chris Paine to cycle to the Opening Night together! More information >>

BIKES: 50 bike parking spots outside JCCSF, and more in the underground garage.
CARS: street meter parking or underground garage at JCCSF.
MUNI Lines 1, 2, 3, 43

This is not a program of the JCCSF. The views expressed are those of SF Green Film Festival and/or its affiliates and guests.

Additional Information

Fredrik Gertten is a Swedish filmmaker and journalist. Born in Malmö, Sweden where biking is "the natural choice for going from one place to another", Gertten wondered why the world lacked bicycles. As the growth of the car industry continues to expand, so does the world's frustrations with traffic. Gertten has worked as a journalist for newspapers, radio and television across Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe during the 1980s and 1990s. He is best known for producing and directing Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, both screened at SFGFF.