Black Bike Week

12.27.13 Marina Galperina

“Finally a documentary that shows the true colors for Black Bike Week. Other fake ass documentary try to paint the event out in a bad light to get publicity, this video shows the truth.” The official site for Black Bike Week approves of Sean Dunne’s documentary short on the riders of the annual event that takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Memorial Day weekend.

“You don’t see a whole lot of violence down here,” a rider says. “When you have more than six people together, it’s considered a gang,” another explains. “Not everybody’s a gang.”

The vibe is very different than is associated with bike ride-throughs in New York, especially after the bike gang/cop violence earlier this year in New York. Everyone is talking about the good times, meeting other riders, admiring the “views.”

Speaking of, there are a lot of female riders. “Riding on the back was just not for me,” one says. “I wanted to control my own destiny.”

It’s gorgeously shot and engrossing.

Sean Dunne’s award-winning feature documentary Oxyana explores a small town in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia and its epidemic of OxyContin abuse and addiction. It’s available now, from Vimeo on demand.