|On Friday August 27,
2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention,
a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264
people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New
York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal.
For many New
Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has
become a monthly ritual for New York City's bike community; a
ride called Critical Mass.
Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of
this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that
this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police
crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last twelve months. The movie
on issues of civil liberties, surveillance,
the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of