Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco and Oakland.
Here is my interview with Andrew McClintock who is running the festival there:
Name, age and where you live and ride.
Andrew McClintock, 24, Born and raised in San Francisco.
bikes you own?
My bike got stolen last night and besides that all I have is a pile of
parts and no frameâ€¦back to the skateboard!
what will be your next bike purchase?
A vespaâ€¦Steve MaCdoald ramblinworker.com told me that they are in right
nowâ€¦but he has like 10 soâ€¦Steve is the man by the wayâ€¦been working with
the BFF for a few years doing all the Joyride art work and shirts. He is
doing a shirt with HUF for SF and LA this year. He is also putting
together a show at Ever Gold Gallery in December with his art crew
-what is the bike culture like in SF (maybe some things people
wouldn’t know about)
Itâ€™s the best to take a ride down 3rd street into the rundown industrial
part of town with a cute girl and have a picnicâ€¦there are some really
amazing parks on the bay that are hidden.
-there is definitely a lot of documenting the fixed gear scene with
major players like Macaframa and MASH, how has this impacted the
scene in SF. Events, those out there riding?
I like riding with James Newman because he is fast and he has style for
days. He is also down with B.A.D crew and anyone who is down with B.A.D is
down with me. Massan is down with B.A.D too. Bay Area Derelicts.
-what got you involved in the BFF?
The Joyride art showâ€¦Iâ€™m a photographer, artist, and gallery owner. Ever
Gold Galleryâ€¦part of joyride Sf will be there too.
-who comes out to the festival? Will you see new faces?
Itâ€™s kinda crazy who comes out. Everyone does. Being a Frisco Native I can
tell you that SF is a weird city when it comes to big subculture events
and the BFF has the coolest and biggest spanning audience ever. New people
come out every year but itâ€™s the die hard folks that are one their bikes
every day and rode fixies in the early 90â€™s that always show their true
-how do think the bff will impact people? What do you hope they ride a
way with this year?
Every time I see the films it makes me want to just ride. Itâ€™s great for
ones self and the community.
-what is planned for this years bff?
Blonde Redhead at the Independent for two nights Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also Wednesday night there is a party at 330tr Ritch with Ted Shred
spinning. Thursday is the Joyride art show at Ever Gold Gallery and Market
St. Gallery. Firday and Saturday are the film screenings at the oldest
movie house in SFâ€¦the Victoria on 16th and Mission. All day Saturday there
is a street party with a BMX comp on capp st. next to the Theater. After
party at Sports Basement. All day in Oakland on Sunday with bike polo and
film screenings. James Newman is putting Oakland together.
-how has the BFF changed over the years in SF?
Itâ€™s gotten much much bigger
-sort of unrelated but I always have to ask…SF is the birth place of
critical mass, how has CM changed over the years how is it now?
I actually have never ridden in critical mass for personal reasonsâ€¦and I
ride for my self and no one elseâ€¦I feel better when I ride alone or with
no more than 2 folksâ€¦i like to ride really fast too and canâ€™t deal with
slow crowds. But I will tell you that they go pretty crazyâ€¦my friend rides
his skateboard in it faster than all the bikersâ€¦thatâ€™s funny.
-What bicycle infrastructure has developed in SF to improve cycling?
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) works their volunteers pretty hard to get new bike lanesâ€¦but I
usually donâ€™t ride in the bike lanes…I like riding down one way streets
the wrong way.
-what is it like biking in SF?
Frisco is crazy! There are one eyed hookers that will jump out at you and
blow their magic smoke at youâ€¦and then people try and steal your bike when
youâ€™re not looking.
-future plans for BFF?
Itâ€™s going to 39 international cities this yearâ€¦pretty epic. Brendt Barbur
is the hardest working guy I have ever seen. I have worked in the
restaurant and entertainment business since I was 13 and those people have
to bust really hard but itâ€™s not like they have 39 restaurants in 39
different citiesâ€¦it gets crazy! Brendt Barbur is like Obama.
-you future cycling goals?
I want to get a new bike because itâ€™s hard to skate up hillsâ€¦itâ€™s kinda
funny actually I have been putting up posters all day todayâ€¦like every day
of my lifeâ€¦gotta keep that propaganda upâ€¦go all cityâ€¦but anyways I have
been doing it on my skateboard and people are like â€œwhat the hellâ€¦whereâ€™s
your bikeâ€¦â€ I donâ€™t knowâ€¦Iâ€™ve never been very good at telling storiesâ€¦I
saw a $20 bill on the street today and I swooped it up and then this big
MUNI bus driver was like â€œhey whatâ€™s up! Thatâ€™s mine!â€ I was with my
awesome friend Jen who is running BFF in Florida so being a gentleman I
gave it back to himâ€¦Jen is the coolest girl from Florida I have ever met!
-anything you wished I asked you?
Yeah. Iâ€™m open to bike donations and sponsorshipsâ€¦haha just joking but
check out these linksâ€¦
Keep on riding and pushing with whatever kinda shoes or wheels ya got.
And itâ€™s Frisco, SF, or San Franciscoâ€¦not San Fran!
And in the words of HRâ€¦keep that PMA!