Winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick at the Mountainfilm Festival, “On Falling” profiles three world-class mountain bike racers—Miranda Miller, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, and Brittany Phelan—and asks them about, well, falling. Crashing. Biffing. Eating shit. Wiping out. Broken bones, torn ligaments, shredded skin. All part of the game when racing, yes, but also for those of us who love the thrill of pointing a bike downhill and soaring through the trees and the rocks and the shin-eating roots.
Vimeo did a little Q/A with the film’s director, Josephine Anderson, which you can read in its entirety, here. Below is a little taste.
“I learned early on that falling is not a popular topic for pro mountain bikers. These riders spend a lot of energy managing their psychology, and work hard to avoid dwelling on falls, so that fear won’t overwhelm their mental game when they descend the next hill. Luckily, all the riders featured in the film were willing to open up that part of themselves, and were generous with sharing their thoughts and stories.
“Ultimately, the film is an exploration of vulnerability and how they combine that with incredible power and fortitude. It’s because of their willingness to be vulnerable, both to the physicality of the sport as well as to their own internal process, that they’re able to keep showing up to the sport they love.”