- Bikes need a film fest, too. (Photo: YouTube/JamesWLosey)
The 10-year-old Bicycle Film Festival rolled into D.C. this past weekend and featured many documentary videos, from a select few feature-length movies to many different shorts, all with emphasis on the special form of transit. I highlighted four trailers of festival films recently here as well as gave details of the festival itself, from where the movies were shown at the Gala Theatre to after-parties at Wonderland Ballroom.
Perhaps the best way to understand this year's D.C. version of the Bicycle Film Festival is to tap into the excitement and spontaneity of festival attendee James Losey, who took the following video of his days there. He narrates the clips, telling us he'd attended the festival last year and loved it so much he felt compelled to buy another pass this year. He takes us from the scenes of the street, where cyclists are able to park their bikes for free, to meals of pho in Columbia Heights, to listening to the festival's organizers speak at different official events. A quirky sense of innocence permeates the brief video, in which Losey recounts the joys of D.C. Brau beer in the lobby and the experience of tracking down "delicious breakfasts." The young man sounds like he genuinely had a blast during these couple days and says he and friends plan to submit a film for next year's festival. Fitting, then, that he would already compile footage from this year's in such a fun way.
I wonder, though — did Losey spot any hipster bike pants this weekend? Watch his recounting of the festival here: