“Mountain biking is not just about the cliff drops or the big jumps,” says filmmaker Jamie Houssian. “It’s about flow. It’s about getting into a groove, getting into a rhythm and flowing down the trail. That’s really what we want to convey with our films, that sense of streaming down a mountain on two wheels.”
Houssian is a founding member of The Collective, a Vancouver-based film company that captures the fluid motion of mountain biking with 16mm film and digital video. For the past three years, he’s been caught in the spokes of the sport, filming pro bikers around the world — from the deserts of Utah to the streets of Prague. His team’s first film, also called “The Collective,” was released in 2004 and the second, aptly named “Roam,” will roll out in 2006.