Bike lovers rejoice! The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is returning to Portland for ONE NIGHT ONLY at Cinema 21 on April 20! BFF has an incredible history: After being hit by a bus while riding a bicycle in NYC in 2001, creator Brendt Barbur turned his negative experience into a positive one, and for the past 23 years, BFF has been celebrating bicycles through art, film, and music around the world in over 100 cities.
BFF Portland (hosted by the Portland Mercury and the best entertainment calendar in town, EverOut) is presenting an international short film program in which Oscar-nominated and award-winning shorts share equal billing with emerging new talent that celebrate the bicycle in all its human powered forms.
Plus! All local proceeds from the event will be donated to Oregon Adaptive Sports to support their important work in providing opportunities and life-changing outdoor recreation for individuals with disabilities in Oregon.
Here are just a few of the stories you'll see at BFF Portland:
• A bicycle takeover and one of the United State's largest, most anticipated street riding events featuring riders from the wheeling community worldwide.
• Olympian and queer cyclist Lea Davison proves you don’t have to choose between who you love and the sport you love.
• The life of a New York City food delivery worker.
• An Oscar-nominated film (shot in one take!) that delves into the subject of immigration.
• The story of Reza Alizadeh, a blind bicycle mechanic in Mashhad, Iran.
• Pro snowboarder Sam Taxwood turns the bicycle into a mechanism for mental health.
• A family gives up everything to be together in their motorhome, traveling from bike park to bike park across Europe with their mother.
• The story of 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker who hosts the first ever Enduro race in the Navajo Nation, and honors their land, community, and culture through revitalizing trails.
• Plus so much more!
Don't miss the Portland Bicycle Film Fest, coming at ya on April 20 for one night only at Cinema 21. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE, and check out the trailer for this year's BFF below!