Bicycle Film Festival launches in New York and then will continue to Helsinki, Moscow, Istanbul, Hong Kong, London,
Buenos Aires, Milano and more than 20 other cities.
The film programming this year is stellar. The shorts programs are hugely popular and are not to be missed.
Feature film highlights include the world premiere of the feature length LINE OF SIGHT (Dir. Benny Zenga) by legendary cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle, and SHAY ELLIOT: CYCLE OF BETRAYAL (Dir. Martin Dwan) about Ireland’s first professional cyclist and the incredible events surrounding his career and life.
A little history:
In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, city biking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding.
I always like to promote new bike movies even if there from Canada.
Monday, June 25th in Edmonton, Alberta (that’s Canada) is a screening of new bike movie: THE BIKE HEIST.
Part of the Bikeology Festival and bike month in June. (in Canada)
Here is a message promoting the film:
Greetings Most Beloved + Faithful Heistians,
We’ve dreamed big dreams + made bold promises as we’ve worked our tushes off over the last couple of years to bring you this magical bromance/bikemance film. That’s why we’re SO excited to officially announce that The Bike Heist is no longer coming summertime soon, it’s coming at you summertime NOW.
(pause for uncontrollable fits of glee and a celebratory bike ride around the block)
For those of you here in sunny Edmonton AB, please join us as we celebrate the completion of the film on Monday night (June 25th) at the Metro Theatre (Garneau) at 7pm! This screening is brought to you by the AMAZING Bikeology festival, all for the low low cost of FREE!!!! Now you have absolutely NO plausible reason to miss this hilarious, tragic, and completely unpredictable film about the power of cycling, friendship and carving your own path to happiness. Grab your pals + buds and come kick it with your friendly neighbourhood Bike Heist team. It’ll be a night to remember for all time. Extra ups to all those arriving on bike and/or sporting the sexiest of all clothing: The Balaclava.
For those of you not in Edmonton, stay tuned. Now that this baby is signed, sealed, delivered, it will also soon be yours. If you or someone you know would like to host a Bike Heist screening, please email us for more info. Otherwise, we’ll be updating the site soon with upcoming screening + festival details, new teasers, our official trailer, virtual merch booth, The Official Bike Heist drinking game, AND MORE!!!! SO MUCH MORE!!!!! So keep checking back, and like us on FACEBIKE for the fastest updates in the wild wild west.
It’s June is Bike Month, The Bike Heist has landed… life is good. Come join the fun!
Every June we launch a product in honor of Pride. This year, we lightened it up so you can wear your pride with whatever you fancy; messengers, backpacks, totes, tutus, or slacks. Our limited edition Pride Strap Pad is made with extra pride in San Francisco. Strap it on to wear your pride. Timbuk2 Pride Product History: In 2010 we launched our first Pride product, a Pride Messenger bag. It lived for two years and this year, was reborn as a Pride Strap Pad.
Title: Fixed Fest Teaser
By: Ishmail Ashland
Seen on: Prolly FixedFest is an annual event held by Rocket Company. It serves the purpose of providing a platform for the fixed gear community to socialize, interact, coach, learn, perform and unite through good spirits and vibes.
The third Fixed Fest, is really happening. Mark your calendar, it’s July 15th. Consider Fixed Fest 2012 as the last fixed gear event before we hit Ramadhan. Meet friends, deals on pop up stores, munchies at food stalls, and join the competitions and races. Register now!
Title: Hit ‘Em in the Mouth-Bike Polo Documentary-Trailer
Seen on: Prolly “Hit ‘Em In The Mouth”, a documentary exploring the culture of Seattle Bike Polo, the birthplace of the current polo craze, will enjoy a World Premiere, June 30, 2pm in NYC at Anthology Film Archives. We need your help to get as many people in the NYC area to come see our film.
The movie centers around the dominant figures of the scene, including the father of hardcourt bike polo Matt Messenger, the world champions Team Smile, and the up-and-coming players of the city. Their stories intertwine as we follow the drama through the National Championships and a battle with the city of Seattle for a permanent space to play.
For Danny MacAskill from Jack
By: Aneriek Favelle
Seen on: Urban Velo
You know that Danny MacAskill guy, who can ride his trails bike on anything…I mean anything. Here is his biggest fan starting to learn some moves, oh yeah and he’s only five.
Title: New York Bike Wars
By: 8 Ave Medium
Seen on: Urban Velo I’ve always viewed New York as being quite progressive when it comes to urban cycling and bicycle infrastructure, probably due to the heavy messenger influence, but recently I’ve come to realize they have had the same fights to establish that infrastructure every other fledgling city has. I didn’t realize a great deal of their infrastructure (200 miles worth) was put in place between 2007 and 2009, making the urban cycling boost quite new, which means they are also dealing with the same transportation battles the rest of the country engages in. This video gives a quick history of that bike infrastructure development and perspectives of urban cyclists from a variety of sources, some not favorable.
Title: Denver Cruiser Ride
Seen on: Urban Velo
Denver Cruiser Ride meets every Wednesday from May through September for sometimes large, informal riders around town. This isn’t Critical Mass, no conflict desired, just fun. See more at www.denvercruisers.com
Title: Made in England
By: Push Projects
Seen on: Tracko Made in England is a book by frame builders, about frame builders. It takes a unique look at the world of bespoke frame building by showcasing the artisans in England who craft these bicycle frames.
The authors, Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, travelled around the country along with talented photographer Kayti Peschke, to interview the people who are leading this industry. Each artisan shares their methods, their passion, their skills and their quirks. Through these intimate conversations they express what makes them unique in this international art. The book showcases exquisite photography of the frame builders and their working environment, contrasting the raw, rough workshops with sleek images of the beautifully finished final products.
Kayti Peschke, is responsible for putting this film together .
Face it. Manhattan is boring. You need some freaks in your life.
Ride leaves 718 Cyclery at 6:45pm. Arrive in time for the Coney Island Variety Show, sunset on the boardwalk,giant pina colada’s with bendy straws, deep fried everything and a group ride back to Brooklyn that will (maybe) get you home at a reasonable hour.
Title: Alex Singer Cycles
Seem On: Urban Velo
From Filmmaker: On Saturday the 29th of October 2011, I had the privilege to spend some time in the workshop of Alex Singer Cycles, in Paris France.
Unfortunately, no active frame building could be documented -as Saturdays are being dedicated to the customers who randomly “drop by”. Olivier Csuka and his crew were wonderfully hospitable and generous.
Thanks a lot, for the time we could spend together!
It was really a pleasure, and I’m looking forward to meet again.
Title: For Those Who Suffer, We Ride
By: Chris Cairns
Seem On: Urban Velo
From the Filmmaker: The Fireflies are committed to raising money for Leuka, a charity formed to support Research & Treatment of Leukaemia at Hammersmith Hospital, London, renowned as a world leader in treatment of Cancers of the Blood.
1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with some type of Cancer in our lifetime. It is believed that Leukaemia is the model of all Cancers and a greater understanding of this disease will help in the fight against all other forms of Cancer.
Inspired by the courage it takes to fight Cancer, the Fireflies annually tackle the most gruelling climbs of the Tour de France.
Title: Brompton U.S. Championships 2012
Seen On: Urban Velo
From Urban Velo: On Sunday, June 10th, the U.S. Brompton Championships were held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 2010, disciples of the famed brand of English folding bikes have gathered in Japan, the U.S. and Spain for bragging rights and the chance to win a trip to the Brompton World Championships.
The best part about the whole thing: the sound of live bagpipes mingling with the cheers of the crowd.
Okay, maybe that was the second best part. As with Brompton Championship events in other parts of the world, competitors wore jackets and ties! There were even awards for best-dressed man and best-dressed woman, with the prize of a tailored shirt from a local clothier.
The Mini Bike
Seem On: Urban Velo A short video of Mini Bike and this bike it’s 90% made in Bandung – Indonesia.
Rider : Ega Febrian, Rai Febrian, Very KH
Editing by Jujun
Bike to Work Week-Chicago
By: Justin Teichen
Seem On: Urban Velo
From the Filmmaker: “Why do we bike? It’s ongoing question we’re asking all Chicago bicyclists from hardcore commuters to recreational riders. This short film shows the beauty of the bike, the emotion of the rider, and the connection found between the two. Watch, find out all the reasons why we ride and maybe discover some of your own.”
Die Antwoord-Baby’s on Fire–Music Video
Seen On: Urban Velo
There really isn’t any hip-hop on the plant more bizare and innovative than South Africa’s own Die Antwoord. Why is on these video picks? Well there is some BMX footage in it…and it’s fricken hilarious.
Graeme Obree: Hand-building the fastest bicycle in the world
By: Human’s Invent
Seen On: Tracko In early February 2012 Humans Invent visited the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree at his home in Saltcoats, Scotland. The 46-year old maverick was embarking on hand-building a bicycle in his kitchen capable of breaking the human powered land speed record this September in America. A man with a history of being marginalised for his innovation, Obree had returned to once again challenge conventional engineering and bike design by using his unique investigative mind to create a blueprint for a hand-built bicycle that could reach speeds up to 100 mph.
Humans Invent returned to Obree’s flat in May to see what progress had been made and how his restless inquisitiveness and curious nature had impacted the design and build process. Still working from his kitchen table, with bags of nuts and bolts, dust filling up his flat and still with a solitary jar of coffee as his fellow engineer, Obree has finished the main frame of the bike and is a matter of weeks away from officially unveiling the design of the bike.
Critical Mass London-May 2012
Seen On: Urban Cyclist Worldwide
From the Filmmaker: Shot on my iphone 3GS. It was because I shot this on my phone that I felt free to edit like a teenager again. With the DSLR it’s possible, expected even, that you get a crisp and beautiful shot. When the resolution of your footage is 640 x 480 that ain’t going to happen. Low-res and square, an amateur-looking vid is inevitable.
So I embraced that. I edited quick and dirty. I chose brutal pragmatism over elegance. For example, the single shot of Whitehall ending with a glimpse of Nelson’s Column was too long in real time to fit in. But the merit of the one-take shot was it captured the variety of people on the ride, and also shows the unique way Critical Mass allows you to see the city. So the question was: How do I keep those messages without hacking the clip into an anonymous montage? The most simple solution was to selectively speed up the footage. Not slick but definitely effective.
The amateur ethos continued as I kept in poor framing, camera wobbles, low lighting, grainy and noisy images. And while I was at it, I chose to chop it up to a shamelessly joyless track with what would now become pedantic lyrics. It was liberating. By the end I decided to go for broke and edit every clip with different colour correction to complete the rough and ready nature of it.
The affordability of broadcast quality cameras that can create beautiful images have seen most people aspire to and value highly, professional looking aesthetics. Usually I’m with that crowd, and I’ll be back with them tomorrow, but it was good to regress to the skill-less enthusiast who cares more about the energy and sentiment than the slickness.
An Afternoon with Vesper
By: Vesper Shreve
Seen On: Urban Cyclist Worldwide It started off with our first ride bike ride in the iBert, on a single speed. Then we hit up the Koret park, had a mini-picnic and rode home!
Road on Dirt
Seen On: www.cyclelicio.us
Mountain bike freestyler Mike Montgomery plays road pro Matthew Busche in this video ad fro Spy eyewear. A slightly modified Specialized road bike plays Busche’s team Trek bike.
My New York Bike Story: Squid
Seen On: Prolly Our “My NYC Biking Story” series is back in action this week with a profile of Kevin Bolger, a.k.a. Squid. For 20 years Squid has worked as a commercial cyclist. He has done cargo delivery and food delivery, and at one point he co-owned a messenger company. From his position as a fixture of the NYC messenger community, he has also helped evolve New York’s bike messenger culture.
Squid was a pioneering organizer of alley cat races and track bike competitions to bring messengers together. Recently, he has devoted himself to mainstreaming cycling as a mode of transportation in NYC, serving as a Bicycle Ambassador for Transportation Alternatives and educating working cyclists on bike safety. In our profile, he discusses how city streets have become more bike-friendly and how he has changed his own riding habits to be a role model for young cyclists.
Many thanks to attorney Adam White for sponsoring this Streetfilm. In this short clip, Adam explains why he wanted to sponsor this video and why it is important to support Streetfilms.
Just wanted to throw in this last one. It’s a skate video, but…it shows off the new GoPro wifi which seems to offer some pretty amazing features, all controlled by a smart phone…WHA? Definitely endless possibilities for bikes.
First Run Features Announces a Free Screening. One Night Only!
A Fixed Gear Documentary
7PM, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY
Larry Lawrence Bar, 295 Grand St, Williamsburg, between Roebling and Havemeyer.
Fixation brings a cutting-edge focus onto the thrilling world of fixed gear cycling. This film captures the excitement and popularity of this growing sport from all perspectives. Though technology has developed multiple speed bicycles, for faster and easier riding, both fixed and freewheel single speeds continue to have a strong following. The range of riders is vast, from professionals to the casual everyday rider.
Their styles and motives are different, but their outcome seems to be the same: the freedom, the simplicity and the challenge of having one gear is what brings them back to the basics. We explore the full spectrum of this lifestyle: Messengers, Olympic Racing, City Riders, Bike Polo, Brakeless, Freestyle and more. Fixation showcases the different personalities of those involved with fixed gear cycling community, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Jamie Staff – Olympic Gold Medalist, sprint cyclist and Director of Sprints/USA Cycling
Sean Martin – Race Organizer and cyclist in Los Angeles
Marc Marino – Commuter and passion cyclist in San Francisco
John Gabriel – California State Champion fixed gear and road cyclist
Scott Horton – Freestyle cyclist in San Jose
Nick Hart – Bay area cyclist, bike mechanic and spiritual cyclist
5Fix2 – Group ride in Los Angeles
Ryan Resurreccion – San Francisco Messenger
Johnny Lee – Commuter and passion cyclist in San Francisco
Chas Christiansen – Owner of a messenger service, TCB Courier in San Francisco
Bradley Whoel – Owner of American Cyclery
Marc Cosio – Owner of iMinusd
Featuring Music by
Explosions In The Sky / Classified / Pretty Lights / HedPE / Of Shape & Sound
Praise for FIXATION
“FIXATION renewed my adoration for the bicycle through its energetic imagery and sound. I am convinced it will ignite the same passion or renew the love of cycling of all viewers. The cinematography coexists with seamless editing, leaving the viewer longing for a joy ride on two wheels.” Vanessa Wilde – Kaleidospoke
“Fixation is masterfully edited” DocUtah International Film Festival
“There’s so much drama in the documentary; you get very wrapped up in it, whether you’re learning about fixed gear cycling or watching people you know personally riding in the film.” Eric Ferguson – State Bicycle Co.
“Fixation is a beautiful, cinematic glimpse into the growing and splintering fascination with fixed gear bicycles. Alex takes an even handed approach to the subject, covering the sports history and it’s varied futures with the same reverence and respect.”
Jordan Halland – Payola
40 minutes, color, digital, English, 2011
Director/Producer – Alex Trudeau Viriato
Line Producer – Kelsie Bieser
Executive Producer – Dustin Bramell
Director Of Photography – Justin Gamboa
Editor – Alex Trudeau Viriato
That’s right, like not having a NY Driver’s license, a lot of New Yorkers don’t know how to ride a bicycle and as adults may be too embarrassed to learn. The non-profit group that puts on the 5 boro bike tour, Bike New York is hoping to change that with free bike riding lessons on an abandon pier on the Hudson River. Hey, don’t laugh. Isn’t it better to get people on bikes so they won’t need a car?
An article in the Villager:
Nonprofit group pedals ‘Biking 101’ on Hudson pier
by: Terese Loeb Kreuzer
June 14th, 2012
The day before Anuja Shrestha’s 27th birthday she and 19 other people assembled on Pier 54 at 13th St. on the Hudson River to try on bicycle helmets and get fitted with a bicycle. They were about to take Bike New York’s “Learn to Ride” class for adult beginners. Two hours later, Shrestha was euphoric.
“I was paranoid when I got here,” she said. “Now I can ride a bicycle! These guys were awesome!”
Shrestha, a nurse born in Nepal, said that when she was 8, she had had a bad fall on a bicycle that left a scar on her knee. She tried halfheartedly to learn to ride again when she was 10, but hadn’t tried since. Knowing that she wanted to ride a bicycle but was scared, her husband, Chris, brought her to Bike New York’s free class.
Several of the adult beginners who, that day, ranged in age from their early 20s to their late 60s, said they were scared. The Bike New York instructors were encouraging and supportive. They insisted that anyone can learn to ride a bicycle — maybe not in two hours or on the first try, but eventually. With bike paths proliferating in New York City and with a bike-sharing program about to start in July, more and more people want to try.