- (Photo: Courtesy of the Bicycle Film Festival)
Residents of the District, start preparing yourselves — the Bicycle Film Festival is on the way in the next week or so. Whether you're a cyclist yourself or just a fan, you should swing by the big event, which is being held is various cities around the world at different times. It's D.C.'s turn now, so read on for details on how to attend and a glimpse of some of the films that'll be shown this year. I've included trailers for four of the festival films at the end of the post, and they seem promising — often internationally focused, the movies range in location from Red Hook to Ghana. Even Spike Jonze directed one of the selections being shown.
What: The Bicycle Film Festival was founded in 2001 by New Yorker Brendt Barbur after he was hit by a bus while riding his bike. He was inspired to start a festival looking at the art, music, and film devoted to bikes, and now the Bike Film Festival (or BFF if you're feeling friendly) occurs in countless cities, from Tokyo to London to Amsterdam to our very own D.C.
When: The festival will happen in our very own District from Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6th.
Where: Here! In many places. The films will be shown at the Gala Theatre at 3333 14th Street and other events will happen throughout the area. A Thursday kick-off party's happening at American Ice Co. at 9 p.m. and Friday's 9 p.m. after-party is scheduled for Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights.
Read on to find out about the cost and see four trailers for films playing at this year's D.C. event!
Cost: A full pass to the festival runs $30 but you can buy passes to individual sets of festival programming for $10.
And finally, let's talk about the real fun part — the films themselves. Here's four trailers highlighting some of the films playing at this year's Bike Film Fest. It looks like a cool event and one worth cycling by if you're a D.C. resident. Many of the bike-themed films appear to be rather short, so the BFF won't be quite the exhausting experience that some film festivals tend to be.
• Bikelordz : Stunts and Styles from Accra, Ghana, 2011, 17 minutes, dir. Mikey Hart, playing Saturday, August 6th
• Racing Toward Red Hook, 2011, 20 minutes, dir. Jessica Scott and Hyde Harper, playing Friday, August 5th
• With My Own Two Wheels, 2010, 44 minutes, dir. Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, playing Friday, August 5th