GO: bicycle film festival | downtown los angeles | sept. 8-11


BFF 2011

My fellow film and cycling enthusiasts, it is time to rejoice in the name of two pedals and a handlebar at the 11th Annual Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) held at Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.) from Sept. 8th – 11th in celebration of “bicycles through film, art and music.”

Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001 Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.

The Bicycle Film Festival has been a major catalyst for the urban bike movement, one of the most powerful and culturally relevant forces of the last decade. The BFF is sure to carry this momentum into the next decade.

You can purchase a FESTIVAL PASS for $35, SATURDAY PASS for $20 or INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM PASSES for $10 each.  When you are ready to purchase tickets, it gets confusing as the different programs are not listed under the correct date.  In addition, the PDF that you can DL seems to be from last year.  You might be able to understand it a little better here (or not).  For program details, just click the date:

  1. Sept. 8th:  The fest kicks off with a BIKES ROCK party presented by Nomerica at El Cid (4212 Sunset Blvd.) from 10p – 2a.  No films, just a party.
  2. Sept. 9th:  This day is organized by blocks of programs that includes a few short films in each.  Program 1: Racing Towards Red Hook (7:30p) features films from various countries that include Japan, Italy, UK, Serbia, Spain, Chile and USA.  Program 2: Bill Cunningham New York (9:30p) includes two films – one short, one long – from UK and USA.  BFF closes out their first official screening day with an AFTER PARTY (10p – LATE) that is currently TBA, which should be announced during the fest.
  3. Sept. 10th: Program 3: With My own Two Wheels (2:30p) features short films from England, South Korea, USA, Hungary, Brazil, Italy and Japan.  Program 4: Fun Bike Shorts (4:30p) showcases films from USA, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Estonia, Switzerland and Ghana.  Program 5: Urban Bike Shorts (6:30p) includes films from Canada, USA, Australia, Portugal, Mexico, UK and Indonesia.  Program 6: Urban Bike Shorts (8:30pm) refers to Program 5 for details (??).  Program 7: BMX Screening (10:15p) features films from Italy, USA, Spain, Hungary, and Ghana.  And what’s a film-filled fest day without an AFTER PARTY (10p – LATE)?  Details are TBA, of course.
  4. Sept. 11: Sunday, Funday.  BFF closes out their fest with …. you guessed it – another party!  The BFF LA Street Party will be held at the Paragon Parking Lot (340 S. Spring St. at 4th St.) with music presented by Treats & Beats (which is a fun crew to bike with BTW) from 11a – 6p.  There will also be a BMX Jam!, Bunny Hop competition, BFF Fixed Gear Freestyle competition and vendor booths.  Valet bike parking provided by Downtown LA Bicycles.

I found this pretty awesome compilation video on the BFF, which reminded me how much I miss traveling.  There is a scene in there of a person riding through Musée du Louvre in Paris and made me regret not renting a bike when I was there recently.  However, it made me grateful for having done so when I took a trip to Amsterdam a few years back.  Cycling throughout the world … definitely inspiring stuff! Last year’s BFF trailer is pretty cool too.  Let me know if you think these are awesome too (or not).

BFF 10th Anniversary Trailer:
For more information on the Bicycle Film Festival, click here.

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