9MMFF creator Nevil Stow describes the thinking behind promoting the creation of 9 minute movies.
MotoExped got its name from two words, Motorcycle and Expedition. In late 2012, Nevil Stow was preparing for a 5 month motorcycle ride around the world on his Suzuki DR650 with friend Ulf Mueller. Nevil came up with the idea that MotoExped would be a good name for their joint website and blog but Ulf beat him to it with rtw2013.com! Thus MotoExped was shelved for about 9 months but was activated upon Nevil’s return to Canada and used as a platform for his blog and links to local rides, riders and sponsors.
Over a relatively short timeframe, MotoExped became registered as a business and has become the parent company of the 9 Minute Moto Film Festival, the brainchild of Nevil and Michelle Stow that seeks to showcase short (9 minutes to be precise) movies made by motorcyclists and travelers around the globe. More details can be found at 9mmff.com.
The aim of MotoExped was originally to highlight western Canadian rides and riders, their backcountry routes & trails and serve as a platform for “paying it forward” to travelers to the area. Whilst this has predominantly been the case, MotoExped has organically grown to become the business side of the 9 Minute Moto Film Festival and an upcoming dual sport school & adventure workshop.
Stay tuned. There will be more on the table soon!
Horizons Unlimited founders, Susan and Grant Johnson, are veteran motorcycle travellers. They have ridden RTW, north to south, two-up on a 1986 BMW R80 G/S, visiting over 50 countries since they first hit the road in 1987.
Grant came to this odyssey naturally. Winner of Canadian National Championships in road racing and motocross, and Gold Medals in cross-country motorcycle racing, a sailboat racer, scuba diver and expert skier, he thrives on adrenaline. While travelling the back roads of British Columbia and through much of the U.S. by motorcycle, he hatched the crackpot scheme of travelling around the world on a motorcycle. An accountant by trade, Susan was bit hard by the travel bug at age nine when her family lived temporarily in Colombia during which her father managed a large construction project. Grant and Susan’s first date in 1984 sealed their fate for motorcycle travel and creating a community of like-minded travellers!
Horizons Unlimited (HU) has been the world’s go-to online resource dedicated to inspire, inform, and connect a global network of overland adventure travellers since 1997. Trusted for every aspect of overland adventuring, HU organizes over 20 international events each year, including Overland Travellers Meetings and Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness off-road motorcycle navigation challenges.
We Love Motogeo is Nita and Issa Breibish, a couple who spent the better part of 2.5 years travelling the world aboard two motorcycles along a route that made little sense to anyone else. After 41 countries on 5 continents (and the occassional run-in with wild animals and over-zealous border guards), the couple have returned to Canada to prepare for the next leg of their journey.
Never happy to sit still for long, they’ve appeared in the feature-length documentary film Somewhere Else Tomorrow and written numerous articles for Overland Magazine and Road Trip Magazine (France). They’ve also been featured in MotorradABENTEUER and, most recently, contributed a story to Jeremy Kroeker’s anthology Motorcycle Messengers: Stories from the Road by Writers Who Ride alongside Ted Simon, Lois Pryce, Paddy Tyson and Neil Peart – published by Oscillator Press. You can hear them speak about their journey at Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings and via podcast at Adventure Rider Radio.
Nita and Issa are the founders of the Lost for Good Project, a non-profit organization focused on connecting travellers with community programs and activists along their chosen routes. In the (few) moments that remain in their day, they’ve worked hard as co-producers of the 9 Minute Moto Film Festival and were honored to become Jupiters Travellers in May of 2015.