Video: If She Can Do It - Women's MTB Documentary Teaser

Nov 6, 2012 at 15:00
Nov 6, 2012
by Mark Brent  
 
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Sweetlines Announces World Premier of If She Can Do It Women’s Mountain Bike Film

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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.”

Taken by Paris Gore Pro coaches and competitors featured in the film If She Can Do It - 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.

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:
Who: Hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and Mark Brent of Awesomeland
What: If She Can Do It documentary film premier
Where: 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.


Kat Sweet started and runs Sweetlines.com and related events.

Mark Brent started and runs Awesomeland Productions
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54 Comments

  • + 34
 *marked on the calendar.
I can't wait for my wife to watch this. She has slowly been getting into biking, this will be a huge help.
  • + 16
 Big time! I was trying to convince the gf to get into biking. no go. Took her to Awesome Land and BOOM, she is racing (and winning) local DH races and wants to bike all da time!
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 OK this video is rad, but I know there had to be some falls. Where is the carnage?! The show it in films of dudes, they better show it in this film too! :-)
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 This video is a long time coming.... It's great to see more and more female video clips hitting these shelves. Aaron Laroque, I'm looking at you now. Get the girls amongst it
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 i took my wife on her first mtnbike adventure yesterday and ordered some new jerseys when we got home!:p so happy coz i got to order some too!lol she cant wait for our next ride she says.
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  • + 6
 Kat Sweet for president!!
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  • + 5
 will be good, jesus that green specialized looks like a couple of quid worth
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 Thanks for all the positive comments. It helps as I get the editing done. Mostly finished now, but just pulling it all together and tightening it. Tune in here on 11/15 @ 6pm and watch the full deal. Cheers!!!
  • + 1
 Right on Mark. I did not even know you had this in the works. Congratulations, and see you on Thursday.
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  • + 5
 yay!! Can't wait to watch it Smile
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 My girlfriend is dieing to go to one of these camps, only I don't want to fly across the country. She met Kat Sweet at Ray's woman's night and still talks about how cool she was.
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 We need more of these. They don't need to cost money, they don't need to be lead by professional riders. My girlfriend refuses to go to a class/course because she feels that people there will push her too hard, but she'll go riding with a bunch of girls no problem. Our local shop has a "Girls Gone Bike" that attracts 20-30 females riders during the summer, but none of them ride MTB. Get your local club, or even local shop to support female riders and female riding groups.
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  • + 1
 ladies! loosen up. falls happen. pain is ok. being all stiff because you are afraid of getting hurt is going to get you hurt worse. glad to see em out there. way to go, all of you.
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  • + 3
 sure I saw Marilyn Manson in there somewhere ?
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  • + 1
 ^^^^^^^^^these comments are priceless

seriously tough, this is an awesome, historic and necessary first step for the ladies to push their own progression.

PUMPED!
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  • + 2
 i don't care what anyone else can do . these women are way better than me good luck to them .
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  • + 2
 lets see... Pinkbike...check beer in hand.....check this vid....check Now Im ready for anything!!! Neat-o!!!
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  • + 3
 You want these girls to be pumped to ride there bikes!!!
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  • + 1
 no doubt what was that track ,tune ,DJ ???? that pumps
, oh and the chicks were awesome to
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  • + 0
 HellKat! I guess I missed the memo that we were being filmed for a documentary that day.. Ha! Cool. Stoked for you, Sweetlines!
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 I don't think they'd like shins like mine after all the pedal bites, wear leg armour, wish I could jump like that Frown
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  • + 0
 This looks amazing! I can't wait to watch it. I want to go out on my bike now! Smile
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 TRACK NAME!?
  • + 2
 This was at Duthie Hill, short drive East of Seattle. Multiple trails appear in the video.
  • + 1
 Duthie Hill. EMBA reprazent, yo!
  • + 1
 ...girls only spot : / dern
  • + 6
 By track I meant song :X
  • + 1
 Wish there were more ladies that ride here in the east coast. Dope video Duthie knows how to get down, I love that place.
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 The Track is Sidechain Bob by Matthew G Huffaker
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 Sorry...thought you were a brit trying to say, "trail"...
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  • + 0
 Yep they did it...and I think they're going to keep doing it. And It will be cool. I hope I get to keep doing it.
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  • + 0
 cool vid whats the song called :p
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 Awesome work, Kat and Mark! Congratulations on a great vid!
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 I wish more girls were riding like them!!!
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 NONE of them are hot... but I give them extreme props!
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 girl with the pink hair looks top
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