The 2009 Bicycle Film Festival is nearly upon us, kicking off its ninth year in New York tomorrow night. The celluloid celebration of bicycling begins with Bikes Rock at South Street Seaport, a free performance features The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Teenagers, who will also be picking music for the after party at Studio B.
On Thursday night, the Joyride art show opens with velocentric art showing in several locations along Broome Street between Chrystie and Broadway. The long list of artists includes AIKO, Graffiti Research Lab, Mike Giant, Kenny Scharf, Taliah Lampert, Steve MacDonald, Maya Hayuk, and Martha Cooper among others.
The film programs begin on Friday night with the premiere of Where Are You Go, a 60-minute feature about a 7,000 mile bicycle expedition in Africa, and Made In Queens, a 10 minute piece on a teenage group of stereo equipped bike riders. Goldsprints and an after party at Public Assembly in Williamsburg finish the night.
Saturday begins with a street party outside Anthology Film Archives with trick competitions, â€œbike gamesâ€ and contests. The film programs run through the afternoon and evening, featuring a selection of urban bike shorts and a documentary on BMX company FBM, among others.
Finally on Sunday, Anthology continues playing films while a bike polo jam and picnic goes down at the Pit in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Chrystie and Broome Street. Tickets and passes for the film programs can be bought online ahead of time.