If you haven’t recently been out for a ride just for the joy of floating through the lanes, taking in the scenery and feeling the wind on your face, this lovely, contemplative short film will make you want to do just that.
It’s a family effort. Filmed and edited by Brandon Neubert and starring and narrated by his mother Lisa Neubert, The Quiet Season is a gentle celebration, partly of autumn, but mostly of the joy of riding in the countryside and experiencing the environment by blending into it as you can only do on a bike.
Lisa Neubert also wrote the evocative piano music that’s the film’s soundtrack. She sounds like a fairly useful cyclist too: she’s completed the 206-mile LoToJa Bicycle Classic from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY on a tandem with her husband, Reed, and made the podium a couple of times in local races.
The Quiet Season - best enjoyed full screen in HD with good speakers
When he dropped us a note about the film, Brandon said: “It's about cycling, and how it really brings the world around us to life. It's a beautiful film and has been by far my favorite project to work on.
“I took the project on after my mother wrote me about her cycling adventures during the autumn season. Iloved it so much that I kept the letter for two years, planning and contemplating how I would even pull this off.
“This isn't a film I want lost in the endless world of YouTube - I think that a lot of cyclists can connect with the thoughts and feelings expressed in the film. Cycling truly is a beautiful lifestyle.”
It’s also a major inspiration for Lisa in creating her music. On her BandCamp page, Lisa says: “I enjoy writing music that comes from my love of beautiful things and places. And birds. Penguins. And bikes. Especially bikes.”
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.