Bicycle Film Festival Berkshires

  • June 16, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Stationery Factory

    63 Flansburg Avenue
    Dalton, Massachusetts 01226
Ticket Price $10.00-$40.00 Buy Tickets
Description

Bicycle Film Festival is coming to the Berkshires on June 16 at The Stationery Factory – proudly hosted by Pittsfield Community Design Center and Berkshire NEMBA. Schedule BFF your way and choose from two different curated selections of 90-minute short films celebrating the bicycle in all its forms – see program descriptions below. Attend one or both showings and make BFF a part, or all, of a beautiful summer Sunday in the Berkshires.

 

Attend either program for $25 (or $10 for children under 12), or both programs for $40. A portion of your ticket sale supports the Berkshire Bike Skills Park, a project to bring more mountain biking education to youth around the region.

 

Make a day of it and join the organizers for community bike rides (schedule TBA), visit local vendors in the beautiful Stationery Factory halls, and grab a bite nearby around Dalton’s Main Street. Or, just drop in for a film showing as part of your day.

 

Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film, and music over the past 24 years. BFF spans the world in over 100 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people.

 

Tentative schedule of events on June 16:

 

12 PM grounds open – Group rides kick off at nearby locations TBD:

Free to the public who are invited to donate to Berkshire Bike Skills Park. Both on-road and off-road rides are being offered for different skill levels and preferences.

Club seating for all shows.

2 PM showing - BFF Adventure shorts (90-min. runtime):

Seven short films (see below) that appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between. For lovers of gravel, mountain biking, bike-packing, and ultra-endurance cycling, this program will take you on a journey around the world: 

  • Kailey Kornhauser and fellow “fat cyclist” Marley Blonsky are on a mission to change the idea that people with larger bodies can't ride bikes
  • A family gives up everything to be together in their motorhome, traveling from bike park to bike park across Europe
  • The 1900-mile bicycle journey by Erick Cedeno (Bicycle Nomad) retracing the original route of the Buffalo Soldiers
  • A bike park shuts its doors to boys for one day: Girls Only
  • Olympian and queer cyclist, Lea Davison proves that you don’t have to choose between who you love and the sport you love
  • The first BMX crew in Nigeria
  • A short animation about how there’s no stopping where a bike can take you

4 PM - Room clear and ticket check for BFF all-day pass holders.

 

4 PM to 6 PM - Vendor hall and grounds remain open

Shop for bike merch or dine in and around The Stationery Factory. Local food options include Shire Brew-Haus and Hot Harry’s Fresh Burritos! 

 

6 PM showing - BFF Select shorts (90-min. runtime):

Nine-plus curated documentaries, narratives, animations, award-winning directors, and emerging talents – all share equal billing. These stories celebrate the change makers, the advocates, the legends, the community organizers, and the activists who are pushing the bike movement forward in their communities:

  • The waste cycle created by bike manufacturing and consumption
  • An autonomously organized group of youth cyclists in Worcester are misidentified and policed as if they were a gang
  • The story of road cycling legend and overall wonderful soul, Connie Carpenter
  • A Diné mountain biker hosts the first ever Enduro race in the Navajo Nation
  • A charismatic Ghanaian immigrant in Amsterdam teaches refugee adult women how to ride bikes
  • A grueling 240 mile gravel road bicycle race traverses Minnesota's roads less traveled— all within 24 hours
  • One of the greatest downhill racers of all time, Greg Minnaar’s bad crash was frightening - but more frightening: the idea of being airlifted to the hospital by helicopter
  • The story of Reza Alizadeh, a blind bicycle mechanic in Mashhad, Iran
  • And more…

8 PM - Wrap-up and closing

Berkshire Bike Skills Park donation link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=UHWA3AWE4MJG6 

A portion of all ticket sales will support the Berkshire Bike Skills Park.

 

 

Date & Time

Sun, Jun 16, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

The Stationery Factory

63 Flansburg Avenue
Dalton, Massachusetts 01226 The Stationery Factory
The Stationery Factory

The Stationery Factory is a converted industrial building that most recently housed the former Crane & Co. stationery division. 
We are now the home of over 20 local businesses and artisans, including a brewery, restaurant, distillery and multiple event and performance spaces. We are located in the heart of beautiful Berkshire County of western Massachusetts.


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