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Bicycle Festival Turns 10

February 7, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The BFF, touring 37 cities Worldwide, Celebrates 10 Years of Bicycle Art, Film, & Culture – Three Days of Events in Chicago February 24-26

Bicycle Film Festival

Bicycle Film Festival

From February 24-26, the Bicycle Film Festival will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in Chicago, IL. For three days of events, we invite you to take part in one of the most culturally relevant movements of the past decade- the urban bike movement.

The BFF is thrilled to come to Chicago for the fifth year.  In tandem with the growth in urban cycling, the BFF has spread all over the world. From its roots in New York City, the festival has grown into a multi-faceted, international event traveling to over 40 cities including London, Milan, Tokyo, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris and Washington, D.C.

In 2001, Founding Director Brendt Barbur was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. Instead of being deterred by this experience, it inspired him to create a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. Now in its tenth year the festival is held worldwide. Film Screenings in Chicago will be held Friday and Saturday at Viaduct Theater, 3111 North Western Avenue. Free bicycle valet parking at movie screenings provided Active Transportation Alliance.

Film highlights include:

BIRTH OF BIG AIR (Dir. Jeff Tremaine) A documentary on BMX legend Mat Hoffman, produced by Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Priya Swaminathan and Dickhouse Productions.


RIDING THE LONG WHITE CLOUD (Dir. Alex Craig) – Presented by UPRISE Skate Shop. Seven professional skateboarders 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.

LUCAS BRUNELLE LINE OF SIGHT (Dir. Benny Zenga & Lucas Brunelle) His helmet-cam footage of unsanctioned street races around the globe  gives us a unique perspective on the best urban riders in the world.

THE CYCLOCROSS MEETING (Dir. Brian Vernor) Local filmmaker Brian Vernor showcases the currently exploding US cyclocross scene, and the emerging Japanese cyclocross scene.

EMPIRE (Dir. Christian Thormann & Luke Stiles) The long-awaited urban cycling feature following some of the best riders in New York City.

To purchase tickets and see a full list of events, please visit

Bicycle Film Festival

Bicycle Film Festival

Opening party Thursday night, 9pm, at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue.
Friday night After Party with Gold Sprints at Viaduct Theater, 11pm.
Saturday After Party, 10pm at The Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago Avenue.

About the Bicycle Film Festival
The Bicycle Film Festival is an arts and cultural event that celebrates the bicycle. The festival brings together many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities, road racing, cyclocross, fixed gear, BMX, and bike polo over a shared passion for bike riding. 300,000 people are expected to attend globally this year.

“We’re happy to return to Chicago during our 10th anniversary of the BFF. It’s one of the most important places for bike culture in the world.” says Brendt Barbur.

For the most up to date information on the festival please visit


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