2006_05_arts_bff.gifThe 2006 Bicycle Film Festival is here, kicking off in New York today, and then traveling to nine additional cities across the globe.

The BFF began in 2000, started by Brendt Barbur after he was struck by a bus and decided something positive needed to come from this experience. Brendt is also one of the founders of Critical Mass. The BFF brings people together to celebrate two-wheeled transportation, and we love festivals that provide valet parking for our cruiser!

Here are some of the films you can look forward to:

May 11th
B.I.K.E. (New York City Premiere): watch the trailer here
Directed by Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard Howard began to make a film about New York's chapter of the Black Label Bicycle Club and found himself vying to become a member of the group. Black Label is known for living a lifestyle centered on building bikes together, riding together, eating together, and sometimes living together.

May 12th
M.A.S.H.: watch the trailer here
Directed by Mike Martin and Gabe Morford
"M.A.S.H." takes a look at the style of fixed gear riding in San Francisco. This film, modeled after the style of the skate and surf videos and with the talent of its directors, brings out the skills and beauty of these SF riders. This film will be a landmark in an already emerging subculture of urban riders.

May 13th
PEDAL: watch the trailer here
Directed by Peter Sutherland
Pedal is a fast-paced documentary film about surviving in the streets of New York City as a bicycle messenger. Sutherland has just released a new photo book of the same name, featuring photos of messengers form around the world who came to New York in 2005 for the Messenger World Championships.

The festival also provides non-celluloid entertainment in the form of: block parties, art shows, rock shows and parties. The opening party is tonight at Union Pool [484 Union Ave, Brooklyn], 10pm. You can buy a pass here.

May 10th-14th // Anthology Film Archives [32 Second Ave (@ 2nd Street)] // Buy Tickets Here