The Engine Inside

Directed by Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones


Fri Apr 5, 2024 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Mon Apr 8, 2024 – 5:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

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The Engine Inside

Directed by Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones
Documentary Feature
United States | 80 min | 2023

Through their stories, the film uncovers the often-overlooked potential of this 200-year-old machine, exploring its impact on a wide range of global issues such as physical and mental health, socioeconomic inequality and climate change.

By shining a light on people who have embraced cycling as a way to overcome daunting personal and systemic challenges, The Engine Inside ultimately asks viewers to reconsider their own perspective. Is there a transformative power within us all that can be unlocked through the simple act of riding a bike?


Unique cinematography techniques were used throughout the principal photography to get RED camera gimbals on bike level and moving through the streets from a cyclist’s perspective. This allowed 8k hi-dynamic range footage to be shot in fast-moving documentary-style situations using natural light.

All new sound design techniques were implemented to generate post-production sound design palates straight from the production source by having the sound supervisor sent to all shoot locations. This allowed the final mixed sound design to be created from the true authentic audio of all synced and non-synced foley, SFX and backgrounds. As an example, the Indigenous drum band circle is the live outside performance recorded in real-time in surround sound capture of individual performers, main drum and ambience reverbs.

“We’re at a crux in human history. Never before have we experienced so many converging problems: the climate crisis, social and economic inequality, cultural trauma, and the transportation clusterfuck. “The Engine Inside” is about unlocking the bicycle as a simple, and often overlooked, solution for many of our challenges. T

he timing and the message of this film has never been as poignant or as urgent as it is now. We hope this empowers people all over the world to ride their bikes and know that a better future is possible.” – Darcy Wittenburg

The Engine Inside - Poster

The Engine Inside -Anthill Films

Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones
Anthill Films

For more than 20 years the creative team at Anthill Films have worked collectively to create award-winning films that inspire the world to get outside and ride bikes. Together, they pioneered many of the early filming techniques used in mountain bike films today. Between them, Darcy, Darren and Colin have directed ten feature cycling films as well as hundreds of short films and commercials for brands such as Toyota, Sony, Red Bull, Clif Bar, A&W, Shimano, Trek, The Olympic Channel and many more.

Film Information

Director: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones, Anthill Films
Country: Canada
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 84 min
Rated:  PG-13


Producer: Darcy Wittenburg, Ian Dunn
Writer: Mitch Scott, Darcy Wittenburg, Daisy Maddinson
Principle Cinematography: Darcy Wittenburg, Colin Jones, DarrRobbie Meadeen McCullough
Additional Cinematography: Matt Butterworth, Robbie Meade, Bryan Smith, Michael Wikan, Diego Torroija, Travis Rummel
Editor: Darren McCullough
Key Cast:  Janice Tower, Kwabena Danso, Nouran Salah, Darnell Myers (aka RR Dblocks), Jay (Bearhead) Roque, Megan Hottman

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