Harley-Davidson held a Hollywood party to honor the winners of its ‘Bikes, Camera, Action!’ contest. The event was hosted by the lovely Karen Davidson (far right) who heads up H-D’s popular Motorclothes Division.
Harley-Davidson’s Bar & Shield was on the A-list in Hollywood last Thursday night as The Motor Company held a premiere party for the winners of its “Bikes, Camera, Action!” contest. The event took place in the shadow of the famous Mann’s Chinese Theater as Victoria Rose Sampson rode away with honors for the best short film entitled ‘Her Need for Speed.’ Sampson received $5,000 and a High Def video camera to help continue her filmmaking endeavors, but the most cherished gift of the night was a custom Harley-Davidson leather jacket presented by Karen Davidson, a direct descendant of The Company’s founders.
“I was flying off the floor when I found out I had won. I was on a sound stage at work and had to leave because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” she said.
Sampson, a resident of Shadow Hills, Calif., knew immediately what she wanted to do for her movie after learning about the competition through an e-mail from The Alliance of Women Directors. After writing the script, she assembled the cast and shot the footage in two days. She spent another four weeks editing it and using her skills as a sound editor to lay down the soundtrack. Her film pits a horse named Harley versus the horsepower of a Harley-Davidson V-Twin. As the rider of the horse meets a woman rider cruising by, the competitive spirit of the horse is no challenge for the power of a V-Twin. The scene ends with the horse losing its place in the barn to its owner’s new Harley-Davidson, much to the chagrin of Harley the horse.
“He really wanted to race the bike,” Sampson said.
Marta Masferrer of NYC and Melissa Kosar of Orange, California, were also honored for their efforts. Masferrer’s film, ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ puts a humorous spin on the left-standing-alone-at-the-altar theme, while Kosar’s ‘Girls Night Out’ draws upon universal sentiment as a woman stuck in a boring business meeting longs to be out riding with friends. Each of the women received $1,500 to use toward their next project to go along with their own custom Harley-Davidson leather jacket.
The “Bikes, Camera, Action!” contest challenged ladies to “capture in a short film the sense of empowerment, freedom and adventure that is inherent when women get behind the handlebars of their very own Harley-Davidson.” The movies were meant to empower and inspire women who ride or want to ride, and judging by the reaction of the ladies in attendance, the film directors successfully hit their mark.
Karen Davidson, the great-granddaughter of H-D co-founder, William A. Davidson, hosted the event as Jay Barbieri and the SPEED TV crew filmed the proceedings for an upcoming ‘American Thunder’ episode. About 75 people were the first to see the winning films of the “Bikes, Camera, Action!” competition in Wolfgang Puck’s Vantage Room in downtown Hollywood.
Harley-Davidson continues to be a leader in embracing women and motorcycling. Besides its film making competition, it has recently released ‘We Ride,’ a magazine-style publication that “features women riders sharing their passion, apparel designed specifically for women and information beginner riders need to know before they hit the road.” H-D also continues to support women-only Garage Parties at Harley dealerships across the country.
* Check out Victoria’s winning video on YouTube!