Editor Mike Seate to Speak at Bikeriders Movie Premiere

June 14, 2024 | By Mike Seate

The Lindsay Celebrates The Bikeriders Opening Weekend with a Local Motorcycle Expert — and His Bike

Anyone can watch The Bikeriders at The Lindsay starting June 21. Plus, folks heading to the Theater next Friday will also get to hear from a true motorcycle expert.

Moviegoers who are either leaving The Lindsay’s 4:30 p.m. showing of The Bikeriders or getting ready to catch the full-throttle drama at 7:30 p.m. will have the chance to meet Mike Seate, a Sewickley resident, veteran motorcycle journalist, and Cafe Racer magazine’s editor and publisher.

Seate will be on hand at 6:45 p.m. on June 21 for a 30-minute presentation about motorcycle culture, his knowledge of The Bikeriders inspiration Danny Lyon, and to show off his 1959 Norton Dominator — a popular, high-performance street bike imported from the United Kingdom — at The Lindsay.

“Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders is a seminal work of 20th-century photojournalism that’s respected by motorcyclists around the world,” says Seate. “That his work inspired a Hollywood movie is a testament to the enduring quality of his photos.”

This Seate talk is the perfect companion to The Bikeriders, writer-director Jeff Nichols’ sweeping tale of loyalty and love centered around a Midwestern motorcycle club. The captivating summer action-drama stars Oscar nominees Austin Butler (Elvis), Tom Hardy (The Revenant) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) alongside a stacked cast that also includes Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Mike Faist (Challengers), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Boyd Holbrook (Logan).

Seate’s presentation will focus on the period of motorcycle history depicted in The Bikeriders and Lyon’s time documenting members of the real-life Outlaws Motorcycle Club that inspired Nichols’ fictional story. Friday’s talk will also include historical items and memorabilia provided by Seate, along with the chance to purchase his book, Two Wheels on Two Reels.

Cafe racers originated in the 1960s as British sport and speed bikes favored by urban “rockers” who used the stripped-down motorcycles to sprint from cafe to cafe. Seate has spent years studying and writing about cafe racers and the folks who love them, even traveling to the U.K. and absorbing information that he has been sharing with local motorcycle enthusiasts ever since. He also hosted 56 episodes of the Discovery series “Cafe Racer,” which recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of when filming wrapped on its final season.

Whether you love motorcycles or just want to watch one of summer 2024’s most anticipated new releases, come on down to The Lindsay for The Bikeriders and the rare opportunity to hang out with a local guy who knows a lot about the world of cafe racers.

Cafe Racer magazine was launched in 2008 and is published bi-monthly on a worldwide scale. It’s focused on covering the world of high-performance street bikes, both new and classic.

The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, formerly The Tull Family Theater, is an independent, film-driven arts nonprofit with two screening rooms and flexible event/performance space. Holding accessibility as its hallmark, the Theater made Pennsylvania history as the first cinema in the state offering weekly, all-day Open Captioning screenings. The Theater’s Intentionally diverse programming offers new releases and independent, classic, documentary, educational and cultural films, festivals, sensory friendly screenings and activities, film-speaker series, live performances, and numerous free events and screenings.