Seattle, Washington - Local producer Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and filmmaker Mark Brent of Awesomeland fame will host a party in celebration of the world premier of If She Can Do It on Thursday, November 15 at Saint Andrews Bar and Grill in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood. The event is open to the public, and people outside of Seattle are encouraged to watch the film online at Pinkbike.com at the same scheduled time: 6:00 p.m. PT.
If She Can Do It was filmed in July of this year at the Sugar Showdown, a women’s freeride mountain bike event held at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, Wash. Hosted by Sweetlines, the event featured a two-day coaching clinic and competition involving 60 women from eight states and two countries who challenged themselves on technical features such as drop offs, wooden wall rides and jumps. Brent and his crew of professional videographers were there to document the weekend and the days leading up to the event.
“We got so much good coverage that editing was a daunting task,” said Brent, who three years ago produced another women-focused documentary, Awesomeland, Women Of Dirt. “With over seven hours of footage for a half-hour movie, I was able to distill the Sugar Showdown experience into a compelling story of women inspiring women to push new limits and achieve awesomeness.”
Pro coaches and competitors featured in the film include Kat Sweet, Tammy Donahugh, Gale Dahlager, Lorraine Blancher, Angi Weston, Stephanie Nychka, Cortney Knudson, Chelsey Stevens and local rider and up-and-coming talent, 12-year-old Katie Heinsen.
“The significance of this film is enormous for the women of freeride,” said Sweet. “This demographic has been largely overlooked by the bike industry for a long time, and people want to see women riding bikes, supporting and pushing each other, but keeping it fun.” Sweet is anticipating a big turnout for the Seattle event and hopes women and men all over the world will watch the online premier at the same time, which will help build support for what she calls a “sisterhood of shred.”
The documentary film was made possible through Kickstarter and widespread community support. Sweet and Brent raised $3650 for the film on Kickstarter with 70 backers, which exceeded project goals and enabled the filmmaker to hire a large crew and shoot for five days.
Other sponsors that contributed to the film include Gnar Lube, Diamondback Bikes, Superco, MuddBunnies, Gregg’s Cycles, Trek Bikes, Bicycles West, Deity, Cascade Designs, the Lumberyard, Dakine, Keen and Body Armor. Event Details
: Hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and Mark Brent of AwesomelandWhat
: If She Can Do It documentary film premierWhere
: Saint Andrews Bar and Grill, 7406 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA and online at www.pinkbike.com When
: Film at 6:00 p.m., PT on Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Saint Andrews Bar festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.)About Sweetlines
Pro rider and certified coach Kat Sweet channels 25 years of mountain biking experience into Sweetlines, a mountain bike coaching and training service for women and kids. For more information, visit www.sweetlines.com