Black Beach/White Beach- A Tale of Two Beaches- Invitational Selection
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two national motorcycle festivals are held over the weeks around the MemorialDay Holiday. One festival is primarily white , the other is predominately black. While bikers of both colors enjoy both festivals; the city, community and state view these two festivals vastly different creating a divide among the participants, business owners and residents. Against the back drop of the historical relevance of the areas segregated past, this documentary explores the opposing viewpoints on segregation and integration, mutual love of motorcycle culture and racial tensions that reach a boiling point every spring in this southern beach mecca.
Black Bike Week was born in Atlantic Beach and this film will examine the history of this area: it's growth under segregation and the subsequent decline as integration led to the flight of money and investment away from the area and why, even today, the area sees no revenue from hosting one of the largest bike festival in the country. Meanwhile, the adjoining city of Myrtle Beach benefits economically during Black Bike Week yet they shuns the event as its reluctant host, imposing stricter rules and harsh penalties as compared to White Bike Week the week before.