Friday, May 22, 2009

5/29 Bend Bicycle Film Festival

This should be cool! Support COTA - it's the reason we have this amazing mountain bike trail system. -hoc
First Annual Bend Bicycle Film Festival Debuts May 29

Locally-made film shorts and slideshows precede High Desert premier of major production film
BEND, Ore. – May 15, 2009 – The first annual Bend Bicycle Film Festival debuts at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend on May 29, celebrating the wonders and joys of riding bikes. The festival, a benefit for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) and the Bend Cycling Club, will showcase locally-made film shorts and slideshows followed by a big screen presentation of Freeride Entertainment's New World Disorder 9: Never Enough.
"The format for the locally-made portion of the show will run the gamut of cycling genres," says Paul Lissette, festival organizer. Submissions included cross-country, road, snow, spoof, one-wheel, freeride, urban shredding, desert riding, strange attire, BMX, and Cyclocross footage.
"Several locally well-known film makers and riders will exhibit their skill and creativity at the show," says Lissette. Jonas Tarlen – popular for his humorous backcountry ski films – makes a foray into the backcountry on his mountain bike. Steve Remer of 88 Productions will keep audiences on the edge of their seat with his action-packed footage. And Pro mountain biker Kirt Voreis stars in a Radical Films short clip.
The show will be open to those of all ages. "The top half of Tower Theatre will be a no-alcohol zone to encourage youth and families to attend the event," says Lissette.
Doors will open at 6pm; the show will start at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event for $10 at your local bike shop and online or at the Tower Theatre box office. Bike commuting to the event is encouraged; bicycle parking available outside the Tower Theatre. There will be a raffle of donated prizes by various sponsors at intermission.
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