The Bike Film Festival is coming to Los Angeles!
And not only is it a film festival, but it’s an entire extended weekend of art, music and bike culture. It starts tomorrow with Joy Ride, an collective art exhibition inspired by bike culture. On Thursday, there’s a rockin’ show at the Smell. And on Friday, the festival itself begins, with two evenings of cycle culture movies. Each film will also be shown with two additional shorts, including a special short documentary on Friday about L.A.’s own founders of MIDNITE RIDAZZ.
And, of course, all events will feature valet bike parking by Los Angeles Bike Coalition. Where else can you valet a bike?
I’ve put the extended schedule and details behind the cut. Come out and experience some bike culture – without even having to ride one!
All movies are at the Vine Theater, 6321 Hollywood Blvd. Adnmission is $10
Friday, June 23rd
USA 2001, DV 52 min.
Pedal is a fast-paced documentary film about surviving in the streets of New York City as a bicycle
messenger. It features messengers from all walks of life as they battle traffic in a race to make their next
delivery on time. It premiered in 2001 at the South by Southwest Film Festival and in New York at the Bicycle
Film Festival, and later was acquired by the Sundance channel, where it aired until 2004. The Bicycle Film
Festival rescreens Pedal in 2006 to cele-brate the Powerhouse Books release of Sutherland’s new photo
book, also titled “Pedal.” The book features photos of messengers formaround the world who came to New
York in 2005 for the Messenger World Championships.
Saturday, June 24th, 5:00 PM
Joe Kid on a Stingray – The History of BMX
USA 2005 DV 90min
Directors: Mark Eaton and John Swarr
Jesse James from “West Coast Choppers” narrates this film. It features legends like Scot Breithaupt who started the first organized races in Long Beach in 1970, to Bob Haro, who pioneered BMX Freestyle riding, and created the first BMX freestyle bike, to Mat Hoffman, who’s personal sacrifices helped propel BMX stunt riding into the spotlight. Filmmaker Spike Jonze is featured as well. He was influential on the documentation of BMX through his photography and involvement in BMX magazines. These are some of the people who helped make BMX such a unique subculture. The directors have assembled a 30 year timeline packed with rare archival footage and interesting interviews to create a film which explores the history, trends, stars, and current direction of BMX stunt riding and racing.
Saturday, June 24 at 7:15 PM
USA 2006 DV 32 min.
Mike Martin and Gabe Morford
Mike Martin, best known for his fine art and his commercial photography for clients including Nice Collective, Adidas, Nike, and Microsoft, teams up with Gabe Morford, a highly respected skate-
boarding photographer. They take a look at the style of fixed gear riding in San Francisco. This film,
modeled after skate and surf videos, brings out the skills and beauty of these SF riders. This will surely
be a landmark in an already emerging subculture of urban riders.
Saturday June 24 at 9:00 PM
A Sunday in Hell
Denmark 1973 35mm, 110 minutes
A rare screening of one of the finest cycling films ever made. It features the annual Paris-Roubaix road race, which taxes the energy of Europe’s top riders. A Sunday in Hell is over 100 minutes of finely-calculated suspense that leaves viewers limp from pain and pure excitement Don’t miss this rare and amazing film!