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Two black cyclists, in full kits, ride past camera on a flat road.

Bike Vessel

  •   Eric D. Seals
  •   United States

Pulled pork, ribs, and liverwurst sandwiches — these are a few of the Southern delicacies filmmaker Eric D. Seals grew up eating alongside his father, Donnie Seals, Sr. But after facing death and undergoing the first of three quadruple bypass operations, the elder Seals decided to completely overhaul his life. Bike Vessel chronicles Donnie’s new chapter after becoming an avid cyclist, and follows the two men as they set out on an epic bike ride from St. Louis to Chicago.

Filled with flat tires, GPS snafus, and fast-food detours, the documentary is both a funny document of a father-son road trip and a powerful social statement. Through Eric and Donnie’s relationship, it takes a hard look at health disparities in the Black community and the systemic racism plaguing the well-being of Black men in America.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Eric Seals


Documentary Program Sponsors

Logo: WTTW (2019)Cynthia Stone Raskin

Black Perspectives Program Sponsor

logo: Allstate 199x50

Film Sponsors

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Live Captioning

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Event Information

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  •   92 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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