Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
After Levittown filmmaker Matt McGregor attended last year’s Sundance Film Festival, he said he was inspired to make something creative and meaningful with his friends.
In January, director/co-writer/ co-producer McGregor and friend and fellow Levittowner Lenny Gomez set out to create a short film that would later be titled Bike Club. The 2002 Division Avenue High School grads figured they would write about something they knew well.
Growing up in Levittown, McGregor and his friends would ride rather than drive most places.
“We started referring to ourselves as the Levittown Bike Club, or LBC for short,” he said. “There seemed to be no better topic than the LBC.”
Soon after, the LBC began riding in Levittown parades as a group.
Bike Club is a 20-minute comedic short about a group of misfit bike enthusiasts who aspire to participate in their town’s Memorial Day Parade.
“They are told by the powers that be that they need to really shape up in order to be allowed in,” he added, “So they do whatever they can, in their own special way, to be able to achieve their ultimate goal.”
McGregor and his staff didn’t have a lot of money to use toward the project, so they threw a fundraiser party in a Levittown backyard. The $2,200 they made mostly covered the film’s cost – with a little more coming from McGregor and Gomez’ pockets.
“We were just so passionate about the project that it had to get finished somehow,” McGregor said.
The movie was shot entirely in Levittown in two days. It features all “real” Levittowners and mostly involved the Levittown Bike Club.
“The film’s climax was shot on location at the 2009 Levittown Memorial Day Parade,” McGregor added.
This is the first budget film for both McGregor and Gomez. McGregor works for USA Networks in Manhatan and Gomez works for The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he attended school.