"Demon, Biker Chihuahua"
Director: Michael Patrei
Subjects: Demon, the biker chihuahua; David Lafayette; Shelley Robins
The full film, "Demon, Biker Chihuahua" is available free on SnagFilms (and at the end of this article). This interview with Michael is part of a new series of SnagFilm filmmaker profiles that will be featured weekly on Indiewire.
The really short synopsis of the film?
Okay, a little bit more?
Demon the Biker Chihuahua is a well-mannered little dog that dresses up in leathers, a helmet, a bandana, and goggles and has logged over 20,000 miles on the motorcycle riding with his owners, David Lafayette and Shelley Robins.
Ever since Demon was a puppy he has gone on motorcycle rides with his owners. When he was a little puppy David put Demon in his jacket and drove him around the block. From that day on, Demon has wanted to ride on the bike with him. Whenever he hears the motorcycle start up he wants to climb up and go for a ride.
David Lafayette and Shelly Robins have taken Demon on rides with them all over New York State and New England. They go riding every weekend, plus they take part in various rides for charities around central New York State, including some rides for friends they have lost to cancer. Beside the charity rides, they also take Demon to children’s hospitals to help boast the spirits of sick children.
Wherever they go, Demon is a hit and the focus of attention. People of all ages want to take his picture and meet him. Even with all the attention, Demon dresses and acts the part and truly is a biker Chihuahua.
What's your background? Why did you want to make movies?
I've always wanted to make movies since I was very young.
I have most recently directed several other short documentary films including, “Haunted Beardslee Castle”, “Super Fertile Derby Girl”, and “The Brass Ring”.
I am the founder and director of the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival, which takes place in Utica, NY each October.
My 90 minute feature, “BALLOU: a documentary film” follows the struggles and triumphs of an inner city high school marching band from Washington, DC. The documentary features interviews with Colin Powell, Jesse Jackson, Congressman John Lewis, Denyce Graves, Marion Barry, and Chuck Brown. “BALLOU” has received national attention with a screening at the White House for First Lady Laura Bush along with featured stories on Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and ABC World News. It was also featured in more than a dozen film festivals including NYC Urban World Film Festival, Philadelphia First Glance Film Festival, and the LISTAPAD Film Festival in Minsk, Belarus. “BALLOU” had its television premiere on the BET network and was hailed as a “lively and affecting documentary” by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post.
What inspired you to make this movie?
I met David Lafayette and Demon and from that moment I knew that there was an interesting and entertaining story there.