The Tall Bike Joust
Slightly misguided (but up for anything) people from various walks of life meet in a craft brewery's parking lot to joust on bicycles of double the normal height, raise money for a nonprofit bicycle shop that focuses on urban transportation equity, and to joyously celebrate life in all of its absurdity.
Uniquely blending documentary and scripted elements, this very real tournament is presented by hosts from a SportsCenter-esque studio as though it is a live event of international significance—like the Super Bowl or World Cup—and the jousters hyped as the superheroes they so clearly are.
THE TALL BIKE JOUST originally served as a pilot for SMART PEOPLE BEING STUPID—an unscripted TV/ web series traveling the nation to find intelligent and successful people who engage in random, silly, and seemingly pointless events the general public does not even know exists. But, given the success of this pilot and of the underground sport of tall bicycle jousting, this project also now serves as a pilot for THE TALL BIKE JOUST WORLD CUP—an arced series following five jousters from the pilot as they earn points in tall bicycle jousting tournaments across the southeast and strive to be crowned the year-end champion.
15 Sec Teaser Trailer:
Screenings & Acceptances
Premiere at Oscar-qualifying film festival.
THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. North Hollywood (Los Angeles), CA.
WINNER -Best Documentary Short
*LA WEBFEST. Los Angeles, CA
*STAREABLE FEST. Los Angeles, CA.
*NEW JERSEY WEBFEST. Montclair, NJ.
*MINNESOTA WEBFEST. Seoul, Republic of Korea.
*MIAMI WEB SERIES FESTIVAL. Miami, FL.
*STAREABLE FEST (NY). New York, NY.
*NOUVELLE VAGUE AWARDS. Marseille, France.
WINNER - Best Documentary Director & Best Treatment
*BALTIMORE NEXT MEDIA WEB FEST. Baltimore, MD.
HOUSTON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL. Houston, TX.
WINNER - Best Comedy TV Series Episode
NEW DELHI FILM FESTIVAL-NDFF (International). New Delhi, India.
WINNER - Special Jury Mention.
BUEIFF WEB SERIES (Buenos Aires Intl. Film Festival). Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WINNER - Best Screenplay.
*SEOUL WEBFEST Seoul, Republic of Korea.
*APULIA WEB FEST Lecce, Italy.
*OZARK WEBFEST. Branson, MO.
*CUSCO WEBFEST. Cusco, Peru.
*CHILE DIGITAL FEST. Santiago, Chile.
SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL - Birmingham, AL (work in progress screening, not a premiere).
GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL. Asbury Park, NY.
LULEÅ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Luleå, Sweden.
YOFIFEST, THE YONKERS FILM FESTIVAL. Yonkers, NY.
KYIV FILM FESTIVAL (UKRAINE). Kyiv City, Ukraine.
GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Gig Harbor, WA.
CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL. Jackson, MS.
LOUISVILLE'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM. Louisville, KY.
ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL. Orlando, FL.
ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Rome, GA.
BEIRUT SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Beirut, Lebanon.
TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. Woodward, OK.
BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
PORTLAND COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL. Portland, OR.
WORLD WEBFEST MANIA. NYC, NY.
SUMMER IN THE SOUTH FESTIVAL. Atlanta, GA.