Jacob Seigel-Boettner’s first bike ride was as a newborn, carted home from the hospital in a bike trailer. It was love at first ride. Seigel-Boettner and his brother grew up in the saddle, leading youth bike trips with their parents everywhere from British Columbia to Ireland to Rwanda. Seeing the world from two wheels offered the chance to meet teachers they never would have encountered in a four-walled classroom, from Amish farmers to genocide survivors.
Their first feature-length documentary, With My Own Two Wheels (Mountainfilm 2011), wove together the lives of individuals from Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and the United States into a narrative about the bicycle as a tool for empowerment on a global scale. Seigel-Boettner’s short documentary I Am Able (Mountainfilm 2015), tells the story of an incredible young painter they met while on a bike tour through the thousands of hills in Rwanda. Based in California, Seigel-Boettner and his brother run Pedal Born Pictures.