BIRTH OF GENERATION BMX DOCUMENTARY project

Steven Spielberg tests one of the bicycles delivered by Howie Cohen (in shorts) for use in the film E.T. (photo courtesy of Howie Cohen)

Steven Spielberg tests one of the bicycles delivered by Howie Cohen (in shorts) for use in the film E.T.

(photo courtesy of Howie Cohen)

Four years ago, on this day, my multimedia piece The BMX Boys of E.T. went live. The piece generated quite the buzz in the BMX world and I'll admit I wasn't prepared for it. My own history with BMX has always been that of an outsider looking in. I rode bikes, true, but only to get from point A to point B. Cycling as a sport never presented itself as an option. 

Fast forward to 2015. With "The BMX Boys of E.T." as my passport, I decided to embark on the journey to tell the untold story of BMX – its origins, its evolution, its influences. I was moved by stories of people who live and breathe BMX - people of all ages, colors, and shapes who feel alive and free atop 20-inch wheels. I needed to tell those stories the best way I know how.

For the past two years I've been traveling around the country and filming. Shortly after my first interview with Bob 'Oz' Osborn in May, 2015, it quickly became clear to me that Generation BMX needed to be a series. That's an enormous task for a one-man band, who is also self-funding, to take on. In my mind, though, if I'm dreaming of climbing a mountain, it better be Everest. 

As of May 16, 2017, the project has only scratched the surface. There will be at least another year of filming with a large set of subjects. By no means the slideshow on home page represents the full cast and scope of the documentary. 

I'm still looking for great stories in Freestyle, Flatland, and any other variation of BMX. No matter what part of the world you are in, if you have a great BMX story, please connect with me at: emon@generationbmx.com

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