Brendt Barbur, the illustrious creator of the world famous Bicycle Film Festival, is going beyond just curating great bike movies, he’s making one of his own.
The documentary project is called the Commentator and takes an in depth look at Jorgensen Leth who created the legendary sports film: “A Sunday in Hell.” back in 1976.
More about the project:
THE COMMENTATOR revisits A SUNDAY IN HELL, legendary filmmaker Jorgen
Leth’s 1976 cycling masterpiece about the Paris-Roubaix one-day race.
The original film followed the spring classic across the cobbled
French countryside. THE COMMENTATOR will retrace those steps and
follow the race with Jorgen as he announces the 2012 Paris-Roubaix for
television. We will also capture the race from the perspective of the
staff, fans and athletes.
We are fortunate to have a great crew for this project. We’re a team
of friends, and are coming together to celebrate cycling on one of its
biggest stages, as well as to honor the man who helped popularize the
Paris Roubaix. Jorgen memorably screened A SUNDAY IN HELL at a sellout
show for the first Bicycle Film Festival in 2001. Almost everyone on the
crew has participated in the BFF.
The team includes director Brendt Barbur, a producer, curator and
founding director of the Bicycle Film Festival, and famed
documentarian Albert Maysles who will be filming Jorgen Leth in the
trademark style that he lent to his films GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER,
and MUHAMMAD AND LARRY. Our team of photographers and filmmakers is
world class, featuring cycling and surf luminaires Brian Vernor and
Patrick Trefz, as well as former Colors Magazine creative director and
celebrated photographer Stefan Ruiz. Ace producer Laura Coxson of
Maysles Films is also on board. Our film will be scored by iconic New
York rock band Blonde Redhead.
To support this project and pledge funds at their kickstarter page, go here.