|Biker Dreams |
Director: Adam Berman Cast: Martin Tobias, Alex Landes, "Liddo" Jim
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single kickstart. The opening of Biker Dreams The documentary On Any Sunday took a look at the many different kinds of motocycling sports. Biker Dreams is another documentary that concerns motorcycles, but its focus instead is on the people who ride them. You might think that showing a number of different people talking about why they love motobikes would quickly become boring, but it isn't. The people we listen to, who are from all walks of life, have a number of insights and stories that are fascinating and informative. Also, they talk in a manner that make you able to relate to even the huge and mean-looking motorcyclists. Even viewers who dislike motorcycling will, after watching this documentary, have at least a more likable view of these motorcyclists. Besides focusing on one aspect of motorcycling, Biker Dreams focuses on the people attending one particular motorcyling event. This is the 1996 biker run at Sturgis, South Dakota, where every year, thousands of motorcyclists from all over the continent drive to. It's considered the Mecca for motorcyclists, though I couldn't help but wonder why they picked a place like Sturgis (anyone know?) We do get to see some footage of the thousands of bikes on the city streets, and also an interesting sequence showing a makeshift church under a giant tent, with rock singers singing behind the preacher. However, that's about it for showing what actually happens at Sturgis; it almost seems that bikers come to Sturgis just to park their bikes on the side of the street, stand around, and drink beer. Of course, that stuff must really happen, and I know that the focus of the documentary is on the bikers themselves. Still, I would have really liked the documentary to have taken a few minutes to clearly show what the bikers do there at this annual festival.