Another installment in The Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Penticton Museum and Archives is set to take place and this time, the talk will be set to hit the silver screen.
The museum announced on Friday that filmmaker Felix Wehrle will be in attendance for the next edition of the series on Nov. 30 to shoot a documentary on Penticton’s new Lake-to-Lake bike route.
What makes the next edition of the series so special to Wehrle is that the museum’s guest speaker will be Penticton-based cycler, Matt Hopkins.
“The filmed lecture is going to be part of a medium-sized documentary on Penticton’s new Lake-to-Lake-Bike-Route,” said the filmmaker. “The documentary seeks to research and emphasize the bike lane’s purpose, use, and effects for and on the community.”
The museum’s guest on Nov. 30, Hopkins, is set to discuss the present and future for cycling in Penticton. For Wehrle, Hopkins’ appearance in his upcoming film couldn’t be more perfect.
“As an urban cycling advocate in Penticton, Matt Hopkins has a lot to contribute to the documentary’s content,” said Wehrle. “The filmed lecture is accompanied by an interview and a sighting of the bike lane itself.”
The Brown Bag Lecture Series has featured a number of guest speakers in the past, including talks from Bill Blair, Karen Collins and Matthias Bieber. Topics from the series can be about anything and now with Hopkins slated to speak on Nov. 30, the museum is taking on a contemporary debate issue in the city.
The filmmaker is visiting Penticton for the purpose of shooting the documentary. As part of his media program at school in Germany, Wehrle has decided to take an issue he cares deeply about and give it a Penticton twist.
“As a member of a young generation facing an uncertain future facing a climate emergency, I am interested in a community’s diverse and widely-discussed take on a bike lane contributing to making Penticton a better bike-able city,” he said.
Hopkins is currently a board member at the Penticton and Area Cycling Association and was inspired to get back on his bike because of his wife’s routine of biking every day to work in Vancouver.