The Bicycle Film Festival brings tons of films and creative movies into one place. Working hard and playing twice as hard, I didn’t have a chance to check as many programs as I wish I had, or that I have checked out in past years or 2008 when I got to go to almost all the films.
But that was then. and this is now.
I stopped by on Sunday to check out the cyclocross program and I enjoyed it.
The movie is The Cyclocross meeting by Brian Vernor. Typically, I like seeing specific films because I love learning about aspects of cycling I don’t know much about. Cyclecross is one of them, though I would love to ride in the mud and travel around, once I saw a good friend of mine fall on the smallest little stupid rock, at an angle his knee hit the corner and it split right open. Seeing that first hand after he had like a gazillion stitches and was such a trooper about it, made me highly aware of it – especially with my spoiled knee. I am no longer a teenager, and I am not in my 30s BUT my knee I love very muchhhhhhhh!
OK back to cyclocross.
These guys are fun-insane. The film took place around a few places stateside-Europe and Japan. One of my favorite scenes was when one of the racing guys was featured and presented his place and his morning routine. I don’t recall his name but he lived in very small apartment, maybe considered a small studio. He kept his wheels outside, so there was this cool scene of him heading out for ride/training in the early morning in Japan, carrying just his frame because he could harldy fit on his way out and he had to put his wheels back onto the bike outside his apartment.
At the end of the film the director had a small Q+A session but I didn’t get to ask any.
The fantastic feeling about the cyclocross races I saw earlier this month in the SF Bike Expo, is that not only both men and women were rocking this year’s Sheila Moon bright funky orange kit (which is super cool!) but that there were a large amount of young girls watching the race and at the same time there were many other things going on (like young guys flying up 30 feet up in the air, sales, shows, and so many bike activities) but it was very impacting for me tosee the little girls and women fans of all ages, me included, become HUGE fans of these butt kicking ladies doing the course.
So, to sum it up and asides the fact that I am alwayspushing for exposure and representation of women with bicycles, I did enjoyed the film plenty. I thought the way the cameras were handled, for such crazy movements and nature of the cyclocross races, was well executed. Also the landscapes in the early morning and Japan and Brian describing his Lost in Translation moments, were rather nice stories that go along with it and they are fun to hear about =)
Overall, the Bicycle Film Festival is a mandatory *fun* series of events to go to every year. Already looking forward once again, for next year.
♥A special+sincere thanks to Nora.
I ran into these two handsome young men, visiting from Copenhagen.
The one on the right told me he really like the Frenchie, he said to not look at his bike because he was only borrowing it and then he started cracking up because it was way too small for him and who cares, it will take him there and back!!
The other guy said they were headed to a party. We kept riding and chatted for a bit, then we split way to each of our party destinations.
They were so sweet — Nice meeting you both!
San Franciscan and Copenhagenittes seem to like to know how to party, we had an awesome time when Michael, our favorite señor from the Europeandlands visited a bit over a year ago (see his post here) we had a blast with Halloween critical mass, tequila, mariachis and late night city riding. That was super fun! =)
♥Today Friday: San José bike party
Maybe the beard and the machine will even make an appearance…
Details +maps are now poste: here
Friday 9PM at The Warfield.
♥Saturday – I live here:SF discussion panel
I will be participating in Julie’s discussion panel this Saturday. If you are free please stop by!
SOMArts | 934 Brannan Street
We have a panel discussion, Uncommon Cultures, with a diverse and wonderful selection of participants of the project. Film archivist Rick Prelinger will be there to talk about his Lost Landscapes of San Francisco film currently playing in the video gallery. So please come to the gallery to meet and have a Q&A with some of San Francisco’s fascinating characters!Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (PT)
♥Sunday – I live here:SF discussion panel
November 21, 2010 from 4-9pm
Location: Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
The 40th Anniversary Season will finish with a momentous evening composed of legendary performance, observance of cultural icons, as well as VIP celebration all of which are hosted at the Brava Theatre Center. The evening will begin with a silent auction and an awards ceremony honoring Sandra Cisneros, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, and René Yañez for their worldwide contributions to the Latino community.
I don’t think I had noticed that pretty painting of the panadero bread man on his bici.
It must be fairly new, so I asked the guy working if he knew who panited it – and he said:
“I don’t know who or where that is supposed to be, it was painted by this guy that comes and works here sometimes, so he just put it up”
Well, whoever that happy bigotudo is (man with thick mustache) in that painting, smiling with his cute overalls and blue bike, even a running chucho as a sidekick, he needs to come visit me *right now* and deliver me some of that sweet bread and empanadas, to go with my coffee =)
Bakery “La Mejor”
3329 24th st