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Filmmaker aims to show realities of Harley Week and Bikefest

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A North Carolina Filmmaker is here in the Grand Strand shooting a documentary about the reality of both Harley Week and Bikefest.

Ricky Kelly is the CEO of Kelly Entertainment Productions based out of Durham, North Carolina. The film director said he is filming a project that will tell the story of Bikefest and Harley Bike Week.

"This story needs to be told," Kelly said. The 90-minute documentary is called "Tale of Two Beaches."

"It's one beach, but it is basically two stories," explained Kelly, talking about the film that will highlight Myrtle Beach. He said the documentary gives an in-depth look at how both rallies are received. It also gives a grim reality of the experiences between the vastly different crowds when they converge at Myrtle Beach.

"I've been to a few of the Harley Davidson rallies and I noticed a difference in how the city received us, opposed to how they received the Harley Davidson rally," said Kelly. For the past week, Kelly has been filming the Harley Bike Rally, interviewing bikers, business owners, the city council of Altantic Beach, and the Mayor of Myrtle Beach.

"I spoke with the Mayor, he was kind enough to give us a hour of his time, and he was very candid. He explained some of the issues that the city has and why we're at this point," Kelly said.

Kelly said he loves visiting Myrtle Beach, adding it is a beautiful place, but he said over the past 20 years of visiting he feels unwelcomed now more than ever.

"All this police presence and this up-in-your-face type policing, this 23-mile loop is causing problems, it makes people feel like they are not welcomed here, you can't in one hand say I want to take your money but I don't want you here," Kelly said.

He explained the documentary will also shed light on the problems associated with Bikefest. He feels when you see 350,000 people, crime is going to go up in any city.

"I just come to be a reporter and show what I see, what I hope to happen is the nation can see this, because it's relevant to this time," said Kelly. He explained his objective for the film is to give the audience an unbiased view of the rallies.

"What I'm trying to do is create a project that's even-handed," he said. "I'm not trying to make Myrtle Beach look bad, I'm not trying to make it one-sided, my cameras are going to show whatever happens if we come down here and act out those cameras are going to show it, I'm not going to hide it."

Kelly says it is important to educate the audience about the origin of Bikefest and the history of Atlantic Beach. Kelly said he spent time with people in the community about the area. The film will hopefully bring attention to Atlantic Beach to restore the area that has drastically gone down and the city tries to hold on to its legacy.

"It started out in 1980 with a small group called the Carolina Knights, a motorcycle club and they did it for Veterans Day, Memorial Day holiday," said Kelly, explaining how Bikefest became tradition.

He wants young people to see how they are acting through this film, adding, "I want people to be educated that when you come down here that you have the right mindset."

The final production for the Tale of Two Beaches is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. Kelly said the documentary will be entered into the Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.

To help fund the documentary you can make a donation on the Gofundme account.

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