Last summer, brothers Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner (both UC Berkeley and Cal Cycling alums) and Ian Wexler traveled around the world to shoot a documentary about thebicycle as a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental change. The final product was With My Own Two Wheels, a 44 minute long film that weaves together stories of two-wheeled empowerment in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala, and Santa Barbara, CA. You can find out more about the film here.
This coming academic year, the filmmakers plan to screen the film at middle schools and high schools across the country. They are working with World Bicycle Relief on a classroom discussion and activity guide that will provide a framework for teachers to weave the bicycle and the
stories in the film into their lessons. In addition, a student grassroots advocacy kit will provide inspired students with all of the tools they need to organize events with the goal to get bicycles to those who need them most, whether it be through a used bicycle drive for a local bike kitchen or a fundraiser ride for World Bicycle Relief.
The filmmakers are looking for inspired teachers, coaches, parents, and student racers who would like to bring With My Own Two Wheels to their classrooms and auditoriums. They will provide the film, the activity and discussion guide, and (schedule permitting) one of the members of the three-man crew to come speak about the film and their experiences as mountain bike racers turned activist-filmmakers. Screening events can be tailored to all class or assembly sizes and subject areas, from school-wide assemblies to small classroom discussion and filmmaking workshops.
If you are interested in bringing the film to your school, please contact Jacob Seigel-Boettner at firstname.lastname@example.org with your school’s name in the subject field. He will send you a copy of the activity guide and a preview screener of the film in late-July so you can decide how best to bring With My Own Two Wheels to your school and community.