Where Else Can You Valet Your Bike?

The Bike Film Festival is coming to Los Angeles!

pedal.jpgAnd 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!

  • Joy Ride, an art show inspired by bicycles, openson Wednesday, June 21 from 6 PM – 12 at the Don O’Melveny Gallery, 5472 Wilshire Blvd. Near La Brea. Valet bicycle parking provided by Bikestation Coalition. Artists include SWOON, MICHEL GONDRY, PETER SUTHERLAND, SHEPARD FAIREY, DANIEL LEEB and many more.
  • The Bikes Rock Party is at The Smell on Thursday, June 22nd at 9PM. Bands include: Yikes (member of Coachwhips, OCS and Pink And Brown from SF) | Silver Daggers | Fuck Wolf (SF) | The Pope

    All movies are at the Vine Theater, 6321 Hollywood Blvd. Adnmission is $10

    Friday, June 23rd
    USA 2001, DV 52 min.
    Peter Sutherland

    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
    Jorgen Leth

    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!

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