Can’t get enough biking on the road? Then try the cinema. The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival – New York City, presented by Brendt Barbur, blasts off today and runs through Sunday with a mind-boggling array of art, film and music that celebrates cycling. Among highlights of the 77 films and videos: Birth of Big Air, the story of fearless, high-flying and orthopedic surgery-prone BMX legend Mat Hoffman, directed by Hoffman’s friend Jeff Tremaine and produced by Mark Lewman, Priya Swaminathan and Spike Jonze with Dickhouse Productions (trailer below). In Lucas Brunelle Line of Sight, Benny Zenga and Brunelle turn the camera on the “international man of mystery” and master documenter of alleycat races. The helmet-cam shots of the inbetween spaces and blind spots where the riders race will take your breath away. Also intriguing: Inside Kenk, a documentary by Jason Gilmore focusing on a Toronto used-bike-shop owner Igor Kenk, who was arrested in 2008 after police found almost 3,000 stolen bikes hoarded in garages around the city. The question: What compelled him? At the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street. Free bicycle concierge parking available. www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
The 10th Bicycle Film Festival - New York City, running June 16 - 20, celebrates bicycling through art, film and music. Among the films included in the 2010 program: "Birth of Big Air," a documentary about BMX rider Mat Hoffman.