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  • Everybody Loves Saturday Nights…

    April 23rd, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    This past weekend, Spokeswoman Productions was invited to speak and show our trailer at the pre-celebration of the DC Jewish Environmental Bike Ride, sponsored by Hazon. The event was at a retreat center

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    New Jersey, 1894

    April 15th, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    After a long drive up the NJ turnpike and a few Fresh Air podcasts, Team Londonderry traveled to Verona, NJ to reunite with old friends and reenact 1894. Gary (Cpt of the NJ Wheelmen and Back in Bloomers veteran) and Elaine Sanderson hosted Team Londonderry (Meghan, Mike, and Gillian) at their home in Verona on our very busy, cold, but wildy successful shooting weekend. We added a new member to the Team, Kitama Jackson from NYC, who acted as our PA/Grip on the shoot. He did a fantastic job and we were very lucky to have worked with him.

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    Team Londonderry: Meg, Mike, Gilian, Kitama

    The goal was to film short moments on Annie’s ride, while also filming as much scenic b-roll as possible. Because of Meghan’s mass of curls (and also for her pluck!), she was elected to star as **Annie** during the weekend’s shoot. This meant donning lace-up boots, bloomers, and other Victorian garb, and braving the cold winds of this chilly April weekend!

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    Meghan pulling on the new boots; Annie savoring a warm moment in the car

    Gary is an antique cycling enthusiast and he has an impressive collection of 200 bikes, including versions from all “generations,” like the early French velocopides, to the elegant-looking high wheels, to the safeties. He has 4-person tandems, male and female hand-powered tricycles, baby bicycles, and even antique bikes for the disabled.Gary was generous enough to let us borrow his bikes for our shoot, and patient enough to accompany us on both of the very long shooting days, as both an “actor” and sometimes as an ancillary director.

    Re-creating the look of Annie is no easy task, but we got very lucky because Elaine, Gary’s wife, happened to have a navy riding suit, consisting of a period blazer and long, heavy skirt, as well as matching bloomers. This allowed us to show Annie both before and after her trasnformation into “The New Woman.”

    On Saturday we filmed “pre-Chicago Annie.” When Annie left Boston, she wore a women’s riding suit, with a long skirt that proved cumbersome to cycle in and far too hot for the summer. She also began her ride on a black Columbia bicycle that weighed about 47-pounds. Now, if you’re ever ridden a fixed-gear bike, you’ll know that it feels a little funny at first, particularly after being used to slick, light-weight road bikes with 20+ gears. It took Meghan a litle while to get the hang of riding this heavy bike in the long skirt, particulary on tough terrain like mud and damp grass. But capturing her struggle on film only made the reenactments better because these were exactly the issues that Annie had in the first few weeks of her ride.

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    Meghan affixing the “Londonderry” placard to the bike

    When Annie reached Chicago, she was physically spent and likely would have thrown in the towel, had she not discovered bloomers and her 27 pound Sterling bike. On Day 2 of our shoot, Meghan switched from her long skirt to bloomers, and from the heavy Columbia safety bike to a much lighter men’s Sterling bike. (Ok….that’s a white lie. The bike we used wasn’t really a Sterling, and it’s also not really white… it’s amazing what a roll of hockey tape and a little creativity can do!) But, in true Annie fashion, Meghan’s warddrobe change from skirt to bloomers completely changed the ease with which she rode, and the lighter bike made it much easier for her to get around. This shoot gave us an even greater appreciation for Annie’s determination and endurance.

    We spent Saturday in the Verona area, shooting both outdoors and in Gary’s basement. Sunday was spent in Frenchtown, NJ. and at Gary’s son’s farm in Flemington. The farm was a REAL farm, with an old red farm house, chickens, sheep, and even a llama! The property allowed us to get some very diverse shots, because of the stream, the stone walls, the 200+ year old barn, and a 300+ year old burned down tavern. We even came across a grove of bamboo…..Next stop- China?

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    Annie Goes to College

    April 15th, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    By Meghan Shea

    Wanted by cycling groups and academia alike, Annie was the topic of a lecture that I gave at GW University to the Women’s Leadership Group: Globalization, Economics, and Business.
    Annie’s business prowess, accrual of international publicity, and her pulse on a newly globalizing world meant that she was an ideal candidate for this group to examine. The group of college freshmen was amazingly awake for an 8am class and asking questions about Annie, filmmaking more generally, and the final date of release of the film. I spoke at length with definite answers for about 2 of the 3 aforementioned categories. :) Release date, TBD.

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    Bike Ball Preview

    February 5th, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    For those of you who can’t wait for a more substantive blog entry about the Bike Ball, enjoy these pictures.

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    Spokeswoman Productions- “thinking creatively”

    January 15th, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    If you visit the Docs in Progress website and read their most recent blog entry… and you scroll down to the very bottom, you’ll see a shout-out to Spokeswoman Productions. The blog is about “How to Find Funding For Your Documentary,” and it’s very informative (and perhaps a bit daunting!) They mention our Back in Bloomers endeavor as a way to think creatively when fundraising for documentaries. Thanks ladies!

    If you’re in the DC-area, we highly recommend that you check out the next Docs in Progress Workshop. It’s on January 30, 2007 at 7 pm, at The Jack Morton Auditorium, in the Media and Public Affairs Building at George Washington University (805 21st Street, NW Washington DC).

    The featured films will be:

    REDEMPTION STONE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TOM LEWIS by Tom Dziedzic (28 minutes)
    From growing up dirt-poor in a small Southern town to working the mean streets of Washington DC, Tom Lewis had left no stone unturned looking for redemption. He eventually finds it “fishing in the rivers of the mind.”

    STILL CALLING by Steven Holloway (16 minutes)
    In an accelerated mass media age, is it still possible to stop and reflect deeply about the world? Artists in a variety of disciplines share how they have found meaning in their creations. This visual meditation considers the questions, “What is beauty? What is faith? What is art?”

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    BIKE BALL POSTER

    January 6th, 2007 by Spokeswoman
    Designed by resident artist Meghan Shea
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    (Click on the poster to make it bigger)

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    The Bike Ball on FEBRUARY 3….COME ONE….COME ALL

    January 6th, 2007 by Spokeswoman
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    **JOIN US AT THE BIKE BALL, A DOCUMENTARY FILM FUNDRAISER**

    WHAT: ~~The Bike Ball~
    ~An evening celebrating Wild Women A’Wheel!
    ~Catering provided by Whole Foods and Coppi’s Organic Restaurant
    ~Live music by Mostly Monkee and a GW a cappella group
    ~Formal attire requested

    WHY: To raise funds to offset the production costs of “The New Woman: Annie Londonderry Kopchovksy,” a documentary film about the first woman to cycle around the world in 1895. (www.spokeswomanproductions.com)

    WHEN: February 3, 2007 @ 8 p.m.

    WHERE: Proteus Bicycles, 9217 Baltimore Blvd, College Park, MD

    WHO: Hosted by Spokewoman Productions and Proteus Bicycles

    HOW: $35 in advance and $45 at the door.
    The New Woman is fiscally sponsored by Film/Video Arts. The door fee is a tax-deductible donation that will be used to offset the production costs of The New Woman, a documentary film about Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky, the first woman to cycle around the world. For advance tickets, please write a check for $35 to Film/Video Arts, with “The New Woman” in the memo line. The checks can sent to:
    Gillian Klempner
    Spokeswoman Productions
    1651 Lamont Street, NW #3A
    Washington, DC, 20010.

    For more information, contact Gillian Klempner  (gillian@spokeswomanproductions.com, 202-841-2574)

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    Cause

    January 6th, 2007 by Spokeswoman

    Anyone out there who likes creative, think-outside-the-box documentaries, will want to see an indie doc called Cause that is coming out in the summer of 2007. The Producer/Director is Denise Prichard, a talented documentary lady in D.C.  Here is the link to the trailer: http://www.miramefilms.com/open-tease.mov

    You can send her feedback/praise/questions at denise@miramefilms.com

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    “The New Woman” Trailer Shines at the Boston Bike Film Festival

    October 22nd, 2006 by Spokeswoman

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    With our newly revamped trailer (a fun-filled 2 1/2 minutes longer than the one that is currently on our website) Spokeswoman Productions traveled to Boston for our Northeast Premiere. The Boston Bike Film Festival normally screens only finished films. However, last August, after reading about our documentary in the Boston Globe, they invited us to screen our trailer as a “special screening.” As such, it showed during both nights of the festival, and it was very well received.

    The festival’s other entries really ran the gamut of what can be classified as a cycling-related film. There was a documentary about cycling in Holland (very cool!), a Smithsonian Education film about kids who race in freaky-looking covered bikes (scary, but cool!), and a doc about efforts in New Orleans to re-circulate bikes to the remaining residents.

    A reporter from NPR’s “Only a Game” was there and, while she interviewed us for a few minutes, she only mentioned our film in name :-( But here’s the story if you care to listen.

    The following day, we joined Peter Zheutlin at the Needham Public Library for a lecture on Annie. Peter did the talking (and a great job he did!) while we showed the trailer.

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    She Got Bike

    October 1st, 2006 by Spokeswoman

    Spokeswoman Productions added some “she got film” to the “She Got Bike” festival, sponsored by Life Strength and the BBC. It was a festival in Hunt Valley, MD that was all about celebrating women’s cycling. We sold some shirts and made some friends. Good times!

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