On Friday two cyclists wheeled into Cape Town after a 19,000-kilometre trip from London across Africa, while a South African filmmaker readied to finish his bike trip across the US to raise funds for his next feature film.
The journey from the UK by Emily Conrad-Pickles and James Davis (pictured above), done under the name london2capetown, was in support of World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit that “empowers people across Africa by donating bikes” and has so far reportedly provided over 200,000 bikes to people in most African countries.
Meanwhile, South African Ryan Sean Davy, who directed the recent feature film “The Parricidal Effect”, is currently cycling across the US, from Los Angeles to New York, in 65 days, in order to crowd-fund his next feature “Cold to the Bone”. The hashtag is #fundmyfilmusa for anyone who wants to contribute.
The trailer for Davy’s first movie, “The Parricial Effect”:
Davy, who is based in Los Angeles, said on his blog that he found representation for “The Parricidal Effect” at the 2015 American Film Market, and was advised to do a similar genre film next. A year later the script to “Cold to the Bone” is complete.
“Since all my personal funds went into ‘The Parricidal Effect’ I am now seeking help for putting development money into ‘Cold to the Bone’, hence the reason for the campaign.”
Emily and James, who said they had ridden through 25 countries in 11 months, climbed over 120,000 metres and burned roughly 600,000 calories, were met by James’s parents, as well as British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor, among others.