In 2015, Ricky Kelly came to Myrtle Beach — a city he has loved for years — on a mission to discover the stories behind two motorcycle rallies that draw hundreds of thousands to one of Southtop tourism destinations.
The Harley Davidson Bike Rally draws a predominantly white crowd to locations on the South Strand, mostly Murrells Inlet, where body paint, pudding wrestling and live bands fill a full week in May. The Atlantic Beach Bikefest, otherwise known as Black Bike Week, draws predominantly Black bikers to North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, where many are directed to travel in a 26-mile loop. Black Bike Week is filled with brightly decorated cars, trucks and motorcycles — many accented with neon lights — jubilant hip-hop music, plenty of impromptu dancing and laughter, and, in some instances, crime. High profile crime. Shootings and fights that have led police from throughout the state to report to Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day weekend, and has led local authorities to help set up barricades, license-plate readers, and create a feeling of inequality between the two fests.
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Kelly set out to show the story of these two rallies that occur in the same area at about the same time of year. He wrote, directed and co-produced the film “Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches,” which sold out its world premier Friday at Cucalorus, the film festival in Wilmington.
To read the entire story, including who Kelly hopes will see the film and for details on when and where to see the film, click here.