The Bicycle Film Festival just swept through Seattle in it’s first visit here, and was a great success. The diversity of those that attended speaks volumes as to the diversity of Seattle’s bicycle community. Commuters, messengers, racers, randonneurs, bmx riders, polo players, bicycle historians, and weekend warriors came out to share in movies made from these camps, as well as others. It was really great to see all the people there, and the valet bike racks were full of 75+ bikes most of the time.
Friday Night brought the much anticipated Seattle premiere of “Where are you go”, and all that attended left with a strong feeling to, as one moviegoer put it-
“Do something epic.”
After Friday’s programs, the crowd picked up their bikes from the valet bike parking attendants (Thanks to Cascade Bicycle Club for supplying the bike parking racks), went to Flowers and packed the house to take part in Goldsprints. Many people hadn’t seen this bar room roller coaster, and once we got the wheels rolling people that were hesitant before had grins from ear to ear, and signed up to spin their legs faster than they’ve gone before. $3 42BELOW vodka specials kept people refreshed, and the shouting from the crowd kept their legs spinning fast.
Saturday was packed with movies, the first program starting at 1pm (a repeat of “Where are you go”), and finishing up at 11pm. The “Urban Bike Shorts” program consists of 14 short films, and encompasses more of the gritty films of the festival. Films that had people on the edge of their seats watching an alley cat race, or laughing at news reporters, or bobbing their heads to the sounds of the “Scraper Bike King”. The BFF team alley cat wore out the racers, not only because it was a race of over 30 miles, but the weather was quite warm… maybe a little too warm. The winning team walked away with $100, so they were well rewarded for their efforts. After the movies, we went back to Flowers for more party time, where we closed the bar with some good music, and made some good memories.
Also a big thank you goes to the volunteers that helped make the BFF go well. Many volunteers are needed for an event like the BFF. Ticket takers, the box office, the merchandise table, alley cat checkpoints, A/V techs, BFF promotion/street team, and valet bike parking (9 years, and never a bike stolen!) The BFF is largely volunteer run, and through the help and support of the local cycling community, it will continue to bring this broad range of movies to cities around the world. It’s through the efforts of these folks that events like the BFF run smoothly, and next year, we’ll be doing it all again.
Thanks to Chris, and Ortlieb USA for taking care of the volunteers as well. I hope you liked Road to Roubaix Chris!
If you have any photos of the Film Festival, please put keywords such as “BFF Seattle”, and post a link in the comments section. Thanks!
9/11 Sprints Results
- Pavel C 23.443
- Patrick M 24.799
- Kevin K. 25.756
- Ali M 30.779
- Monica G 32.021
9/12 BFF Race results:
- Daniel V and Ponch
- Tall Bryan and Felix
- Pavel and Kevin K