Bicycle Film Festival Rolls into Los Angeles
After five successful years in New York and San Francisco,
the Bicycle Film Festival is converging on Hollywood's Vine Theater (6321
Hollywood Blvd) on June 24 and June 25.
Every year the Bicycle Film Festival showcases a different selection of films in
an all out celebration of bicycle culture. Each film sheds light on the darkest
corners of bicycling, from the intense psychological training for a championship
road race “PRO” to one bike gang’s assault on their two-wheeled
friends “Bike Kill”. A fervor is brewing for bike culture in
global urban centers (even in car-centric LA) much like that for surfing and
skateboarding over a decade ago. The films in the festival reflect the
unadulterated passion cyclists have for their rides. Free valet bike parking
will be provided by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition during the
The program reflects the diversity of bicycling, from urban
bikers to road racing to BMXers to the Critical Mass bike ride. In addition to
a fresh roster of film shorts and animation, we are bringing a number of films
to LA for the first time. In 2002, 800 bikers raced all night from the Bronx to
Coney Island in an epic recreation of the 70s cult gang flick “The Warriors”.
“The Warriors: The Bike Ride” has sold out EVERY screening in New
York and San Francisco. “Still We Ride” chronicles the Critical
Mass bike ride during last summer’s Republican National Convention in which
hundreds of bicyclists were arrested. Many cyclists see the incident as the
touchstone for the NYPD’s growing hostility towards bikers. The BFF is
presenting the documentary “PRO” which follows the American stars
of road racing as they prepare for the US Pro Championships in Philadelphia.
Director and former Pro rider Jamie Paolinetti will be conducting a Q&A
following the screening. Up and coming director Mike Mills takes us into the
lives of six newspaper delivery boys in the Midwest in “Paperboys”.
His current film “Thumbsucker” with Keanu Reeves will be released this summer.
View the full program at
The Vine Theater is located at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard
near Vine St. To purchase presale tickets for $8.00, visit
www.bicyclefilmfestival.com. Tickets can be purchased from the Vine Theater
box office day of show only. Ticket price includes admission to that evening’s
The Bicycle Film Festival is the brainchild of Brendt
Barbur. In 2000, a car door pushed Barbur and his bike into the path of a New
York City bus. His accident was far from unusual for urban riders. In effort to
put a positive spin on his crash, Barbur founded the BFF to bring attention to
the plight of bicyclists everywhere. The BFF debuted in NYC in 2001 and has been
gaining momentum ever since.
The BFF is the culmination of a growing fervor for bike
culture. Superstars in the field like Lucas Brunelle and NYC über-messenger
Squid—while currently unknown in the mainstream—are pioneering urban cycling for
bike enthusiasts world wide. This year's New York festival was the most
successful yet with nearly every program selling out during the four-day event.
Following the LA festival, the BFF moves on to three more cities: London (Aug.
25-27), San Francisco (Oct. 6-8) and Tokyo (Nov. 4-5). This year’s sponsors
include Puma, Red Bull, Vexed Generation, Loomstate and Track Star.
For further information, please contact Renee Tsao,
Associate Director, at (212)414-1992 or
Daily Peloton hot picks for the festival are Jaime
Paolinetti's PRO and Pure Sweet Hell