A Virus Ate My Movie!

Alden Olmsted
8 min readNov 25, 2023

Making a movie is one thing, baring your failures in a self-analytical documentary is another — and lining up theatres to show your movie only to see it all shut down with the onset of a global pandemic? Well that’s a different thing entirely.

But that’s what just happened.

This is the book I wrote during the pandemic, a cathartic process about starting a tiny bike company at age 19, making a movie about it 27 years later, and releasing the movie at maybe the strangest time in American history. I will publish it here one chapter at a time, beginning with the cover and preface today. You can purchase the book online at: https://www.amazon.com/Virus-Ate-My-Movie-Released/dp/0578942119

I hope you enjoy the story as much as I do.

A Virus Ate My Movie! ©2021 Live Rad Publishing
A Virus Ate My Movie — Rear Cover

A Virus Ate My Movie!

How I made a movie called 30 Bikes and released it in the middle of a Global Pandemic
By Alden Olmsted

A Live Rad Publishing Release

[Back Cover]
When Alden Olmsted was 19 he dropped out of college and started a BMX bike company. After 25 years he decided it was time to tell his story, producing the inspiring documentary 30 Bikes, about that small town kid chasing down a big dream.

Film festivals were entered and his little movie was booked at major theaters up and down California where the Coronavirus struck and promptly stopped the show.

So Alden opened his journal and began telling another story — the story of making 30 Bikes, of releasing it during a global pandemic, and ultimately of learning to believe in himself.

A Filmmaker and entrepreneur raised in Northern California, 30 Bikes: The Story of Homestead Bicycles is Alden’s fourth film, his previous films have chronicled reconnecting with his legendary but absent father, naturalist John Olmsted.

“Alden has written a fun, thoughtful, and educational Golden Fleece! This deeply personal and transformational journey leaves the reader compelled to reconnect with their own passion and delivers the…



Alden Olmsted

I was born in a small town in Northern California just another latch-key kid obsessed with BMX and Tom Petty. Now I make films and travel and write when I can.