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2010 Bicycle Film Festival Austin Day 1 Review, Day 2 Preview

Posted Dec 04 2010 11:24am

Yesterday, the Austin stop of the Bicycle Film Festival kicked off with two programs of bicycle shorts and featured films. Today is the second and final day of films with 4 programs starting at 3:00. All the films are being shown at the art studio SUPER! ALRIGHT!, 301 Chicon Ave. Ste. A. Tickets are $10 per program and all shows are BYOB.

Day 1 Review

I was able to make the first program featuring The Birth of Big Air, the story of BMX legend Mat Hoffman. Before the feature, the BFF showed a variety of shorts with a BMX themes. The most amazing was Erik Elstran’s Dragon Shedit which featured some really fun, amazing tricks (this one will be playing again in the final program tonight at 9:00 PM) The feature about Hoffman was produced by ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 sports documentary series. I’ve watched several other films in this series and have been very impressed. The Birth of Big Air did not disappoint. The film followed Hoffman from his entry and dominance of the BMX scene in the 80s to his saving the sport in the 90s when sponsor dollars dried up to his obsession with a massive 20 foot plus jump, the Big Air. While the footage of all the stunts and jumps Hoffman did are truly incredible, the story of how he came up with these jumps and the toll on his body and mind take the film from a collection of historical footage to a story of the human psyche. Unfortunately, this year’s BFF will have no repeats of films, but you can catch this great film in parts on YouTube .

Day 2 Preview

Today will have four programs starting at 3:00 PM and running in 2 hour intervals. All the programs have some shorts, but if you can only make one program, I recommend one of the shorts specific programs. They give you more of a film festival feel, many times the shorts aren’t available elsewhere, and since everything is pretty much 10 minutes or less, if you don’t like a film, another will show shortly.

Program 3- Bike Shorts- 3:00 PM

LALO
USA 2009 | HD 12 min.
Dir. Daniel Maldonado
The story of a NYC Mexican delivery worker who has been given one last opportunity to salvage his job. When his bike is stolen what ensues is a hilarious “race to the death” with characters and fellow cyclists on the street.

MINI BIKE WINTER
USA 2010 | HD 10 min.
Dir. Richie Thomassen
Fun with mini bikes in the cold Portland Winter.

LUMINOUS FLOW
USA 2010 | 16mm 5 min.
Dir. Craig Samuels & Tyler Johnson-Williams
Flatland BMX short featuring Pete Brandt with a focus on color and motion.

RIDING IN THE CIRCLE
JAPAN 2009 | DV 10 MIN
Dir. Masa Sakamaki
Ines Brunn, German acrobat cyclist follows her dream, and fi nds it on the other side of the earth in Beijing.

LE CYCLISTE (THE CYCLIST)
France 2009 | HD 5 min.
Dir. Armin Mobasseri
Playing with her toy cyclist, a little girl makes her mother arrive late. Angrily, she takes it away from her. But the little girl can barely believe her eyes when she wakes up.

THE BRISTOL BIKE PROJECT
UK 2009 | HD 19 min.
Dir. Alistair Oldham
Old and unwanted bicycles are given new life in this volunteer-run workshop. These bikes give local refugees and asylum seekers a piece of freedom in their disadvantaged and restricted lives. Free transportation.

JITENSHA (BiCYCLE)
Japan 2009 | Digital 21 min.
Dir. Dean Yamada
A bicycle dismantled. A life retrieved.

Program 4- The Cyclocross Meeting- 5:00 PM

ALL IN MY HEAD
Australia 2009 | HD 2 min.
Dir. Matt Devine
Two of the best things in the world working together. Riding and music.

MATCH DAY
UK 2009 | Mini DV 3 min.
Dir. Fiona Collins
A short documentary about cycling speedway. The sport started in the UK after WWII at former bomb sites and is based on motorcycle speedway.

COURIER EFFECT
Germany, France, Spain 2009 | Mini DV 10 min.
Dir. Andrew Crighton
Portraits of bicycle messenger family members from Barcelona to Paris to Berlin.

A.N.T. BIKE MIKE MAKES AN A.N.T. BIKE
USA 2010 | HD 14 min.
Dir. Zachary Lee
An observational documentary on bicycle builder Mike Flannigan of Alternative Needs Transportation, fabricating and assembling one of his custom bicycles in his shop.

THE CYCLOCROSS MEETING
USA, Japan 2010 | HD 49 min.
Dir. Brian Vernor
A film about the currently exploding US cyclocross scene, and the emerging Japanese cyclocross scene. The Cyclocross Meeting follows Barry Wicks and Adam Mcgrath to top US races in New Jersey and Oregon, and then to Japan, where they compete with seven time Japanese National Champion Keiichi Tsujiura, and the up and coming talent Yu Takenouchi. Also featuring 35 year veteran bicycle framebuilder Nakagawa.

Program 5- Riding The Long White Cloud- 7:00 PM

CONSTANT MOVEMENT
CUBA 2008 | Mini DV 12 min.
Dir. Milagro Farfan
With nothing but rusty scraps and human willpower, tasi-bike drivers make a way to live and work in Cuba, despite the labor conditions that oppress them every day. They have created “the peoples’ relief.”

BMX AT BURNSIDE
USA 2010 | Mini DV 4 min.
Dir. Dean Dickinson
An inside look into the history of Portland’s notorious Burnside Skate Park from a BMX bike rider’s view. Drugs, violence, and prostitution are just a few hurdles that they had to overcome to make this DIY project possible.

INSIDE KENK
Canada 2010 | HD 8 min.
Dir. Jason Gilmore
An inside look at Igor Kenk, “the world’s most prolific bicycle thief”, according to The New York Times. In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading right up to his arrest.

COUNTYWIDE: BICYCLING ACROSS LOS ANGELES
USA 2010 | HD 10 min.
Dir. Eric Matthies
Cycling offers escape from the daily grind of Los Angeles, and a way of accessing different views of it. This film is a smattering of those perspectives.

MACRAMENTO
USA 2010 | HD 5 min.
Dir. Colby Elrick
Macaframa co-director and rider Colby Elrick presents a look at Sacramento riding. Macramento features Sacramento and other Northern California notables, including John Cardiel, Squirrel, and Ted Shred.

RIDING THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
NEW ZEALAND, CANADA 2009 | HD/DV/SUPER 8 44 min.
Dir. Alex Craig
Seven professional skateboarders, Rick McCrank, Silas Baxter Neal, Cairo Foster, John Rattray, Keegan Sauder, Chris Haslam and Kenny Anderson attempt to cycle New Zealand’s North Island in this beautiful documentary. They experience the Heaven and Hell of cycling New Zealand while traversing the island in search of skate spots.

Program 6- Urban Bike Shorts- 9:00 PM

ERIK ELSTRAN’S DRAGON SHREDIT
USA 2010 | HD 4 min.
Dir. Erik Elstran
This dragon rides a bike!

WE’VE GOT IT ON TAPE
UK 2010 | DVCPRO HD 5 min.
Dir. Brendan McNamee
Brendan is recorded playing “solo polo” with microphones all over his body, bike and mallet. A soundscape of bike polo in action.

TOKYO JITENSHA
USA, Japan 2009 | Digital SLR 1 min.
Dir. Steven Day
Bicycling through the city at the speed of light.

DAY LABOR
USA 2010 | HD 10 min.
Dir. Brendan O’Neill Kohl & Minka Farthing-Kohl
A short fi lm about bike messengers, day laborers and outsourcing gone wild.

GRIME PRESENTS
USA 2010 | HD 7 min.
Dir. Mike Schmitt & Ed Laforte
Two of the most talented street riders today, Mike Schmitt and WONKA kill it like no others in the world.

TOKYO TO OSAKA
USA, Japan 2010 | HD 13 min.
Dir. Nic Hill
Twelve amateur American fixed gear cyclists and their 400-mile journey through the Japanese countryside.

MINI VELODROME DE BORDEAUX
France 2010 | HD 3 min.
Dir. NIko Fontas
A glimpse into a French velodrome through a tilt-shift lens yields beautifully mesmerizing effects.

LUCAS BRUNELLE LINE OF SIGHT
USA 2010 | HD/16MM 33 min.
Dir. Benny Zenga & Lucas Brunelle
Lucas Brunelle travels the globe documenting alleycat races and every year he presents a new film at the BFF. This year for our tenth anniversary Lucas teams up with Benny Zenga to produce a film that takes it to another level. Lucas is the undisputed master of documenting alleycats. From the vantage point of his custom helmet-cam his footage serves as insight into the best urban riders in the world in their natural element. Now Benny Zenga turns the camera back on Lucas Brunelle to bring a new dimension to this rare talent and ‘international man of mystery.’

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