Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Bicycle Film Festival Rolls Into Boulder

This summer, The Bicycle Film Festival, presented by 42BELOW, rolls through Boulder for ONE NIGHT to present a cultural phenomenon like no other. Originating in New York City, the festival is a voice for the most powerful and culturally relevant movement of the past decade: the urban bike movement. The BFF brings together many creative communities, including fashion, music and art as well as various bicycling communities – including fixed gear, BMX, and road cycling - over a shared passion for bike riding.

Coming to Boulder for the first time in its nine-year history, The Bicycle Film Festival presents one night – August 13 – of bike films at Old Main Theater on the CU Campus (Pleasant Street & Old Main, see CU Campus Map). They will be showing two programs at 7pm and 9pm featuring various shorts and one feature film.

At 7pm, the feature film is Where Are You Go directed by Benny Zenga and Brian Vernor. Documenting four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town, South Africa en route with the Tour d' Afrique, the world's longest bicycle race and expedition, BFF Alumni the Zenga Bros. and Brian Vernor share a universal love of the bicycle with Africa's roadside mechanics, sporting racers and curious strangers. Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean. The 7,000 mile expedition is a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is a testament to the endurance of human curiosity.

Later at 9pm, see various Fun Bike Shorts including Made in Queens, directed by Joe Stevens and Nicholas Randall. In Queens, a group of teens from Trinidad attached speakers to their bikes. The music was never quite loud enough and they had to go bigger and bigger with the sound systems.

Also showing is Anima D’Acciaio (Soul of Steel) – a portrait of the legendary Italian Frame Builder Giovanni Pelizzoli aka "Ciocc." Ciocc shares his wisdom and life story while hand building a revolutionary new frame for urban fixed gear cycling. Ciocc demonstrates that the tradition and craft of frame building’s Golden age can be re-born and push the technical frontier of Cycling's future. Also features Ed "Wonka" La Forte and Antonio Colombo with an original soundtrack by Blonde Redhead.

Directly following the second program, movie-goers are invited to the after party to close the Festival. To purchase tickets and see a full list of events in Boulder for the Bicycle Film Festival, please visit Bicycle Film Festival website.

Tweet Your Support!

As a special part of the Bicycle Film Festival, 42BELOW Vodka is putting out a call to action to take part in supporting the Alliance for Biking & Walking by encouraging tweeters to follow the ride on Twitter ( If 20,000 people follow the ride on Twitter, 42BELOW will make a $42K donation to the Alliance.

About the Bicycle Film Festival

In 2001, Brendt Barbur, Founder and Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. Instead of being deterred by this experience, it inspired him to create a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. Now in its ninth year the festival is held in 39 cities worldwide. 250,000 people are expected to attend this year.

The 9th annual Bicycle Film Festival North American Tour is presented by 42 BELOW Vodka.

9th Annual Bicycle Film Festival
August 13, 7 and 9pm
Old Main Theater, CU Campus
Schedule and tickets: Bicycle Film Festival website

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