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

Bike Vessel

  Eric D. Seals

  United States     92 minutes


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.


Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

This film will be available to stream from October 16 at 12:00pm CT to October 22 at 11:59pm CDT, available only in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Learn more about streaming…

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Film Credits

  •   Donnie Seals, Resita Cox
  •   Eric D. Seals
  •   Cai Thomas
  •   Donnie Seals Sr., Sharon Seals, Donnie Seals Jr., Nicole Newsome, Eric D. Seals, Dr. Terry Mason, Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, Dr. Stanley K. Frencher
  •   Zo!
  •   Eric D. Seals
  •   Digife
  •   https://bikevessel.com


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