Making the time for yourself isn’t easy, but 160 women mountain bikers from Kamloops do it every Thursday night. They ride together for the camaraderie, and the laughs, forming deep friendships on the trails.
This documentary started as a hope for a 10-minute video on the Dirt Chix. With a little luck and a long time focused on a dream, it turned into a 43 minute documentary for Telus Optik, produced by Vandelso Productions, that had a profound impact not only on the riders but on the film crew behind the scenes.
The Dirt Chix: Making Time held it’s world premiere on September 20th at the Paramount Theatre in Kamloops. In a time when it’s difficult to get people out to see longer mountain biking videos in a theatre, the Dirt Chix sold out the 500 seat theatre and there were still people looking for tickets outside.
The crew for this project was amazing.
Josef Perszon – Director of Photography and Editor
Matt Brooks – Camera and Drone Operator
Liam Hall – Camera Operator
Anthony Stahn – Camera Operator and Production Assistant
Jennifer Stahn – Sound Recording
Sam Theriault – Lighting and Production Assistant
Nick Olsoff – Lighting and Production Assistant
Trista Rowbottom – Makeup
Stacey Kendrick – Catering
Rhys Heyman – Additional First Aid
Ryan Miller – Additional First Aid
Neil Manuel – Artwork
Gabrielle Mayhew – Photographer
Jim Motokado – Photographer
Post Production by Josef Perszon, Keith White Audio, Orchard Films.
- In October of 2019 The Dirt Chix: Making Time was picked up for distribution by Ananda Media.
- In 2021 The Dirt Chix: Making Time was selected for the Bicycle Film Festival
- In 2022 The Dirt Chix: Making Time won Best Sport Film at the Toronto Women Filmmaker Festival