#BIKEVIDFEST: Bike-In Video Festival (2013)
Bike-In Video Festival(#bikevidfest)
Co-presented by Aurora Picture Show in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Curator Scott Stulen of Walker Art Center
Saturday, November 2nd, 6:30PM
Sesquicentennial Park, Houston TX
Tighten your helmet straps, oil your gears and add some more bike lights for the “Bike-In Video Festival” at Sesquicentennial Park. Presented by Whole Foods Market, in partnership with Aurora Picture Show, with collaboration by Buffalo Bayou Partnership, this free outdoor film screening will feature artist-made short-length films and videos celebrating bike culture curated by Scott Stulen of the Walker Arts Center. Inspired by the popularity of the 2012 Scoot-In and 2009 Junkyard Drive-In, Aurora Picture Show has organized this “wheels to reels” presentation in a communal setting to create both a social experience and a film festival. All two-wheel loving Houstonians are invited to bring their ride (scooters, bicycles, unicycles, and tricycles) to the 500 Block of Preston (between Bagby and Smith) at 6:30PM for a one-of-a-kind film screening experience along the bayou.
Scott Stulen of the Walker Art Center has selected a broad range of videos, from six-second Vine clips to short films with the thread of bikes and bike culture running throughout the reel. The program includes short works about mountain biking, bike messengers, the most unsafe bike ever, and a cyclotrope, among others. Stulen is known for the internationally acclaimed Internet Cat Video Festival which originated in Minneapolis, and has gone viral across the country.
BikeHouston will lead groups of riders from designated locations in the Heights, Montrose and the East End starting at 6PM. Everyone is invited to ride along. PDF maps of the routes are available below. Houston B-Cycle will also host a bike share kiosk at the event to encourage B-cycle use.
Curator Scott will spin tunes as the sun sets, allowing time for everyone to lock up their bikes and claim their lawn seat. In addition, there will be bike portraits with photographer Fernando Castaldi, brews from Saint Arnold Brewery, the Whole Foods Market food truck featuring s’mores giveaways, Kind Bar and Bike Barn giveaways, local artists selling bike art, a vintage bicycle exhibition from Houston Bicycle Museum, and a “Best Lighted Bike” contest with prizes (at 7PM). Once the sun sets, films will be shown on the big screen of partner Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
This event is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs, as well as picnics. However, no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought in. Dogs are allowed, as long as they are on leashes. No glass bottles allowed.
Two-wheelers should follow the red brick road around Sesquicentennial Park leading to Buffalo Bayou, bike parking is available along the cement fencing or on street racks. Four-wheeler parking is available at Theater District Parking at Texas Avenue or the Downtown Aquarium Parking lot. Parking fees range from $6-$10 with limited street parking also available.
Special thanks to Yelp Houston and Houston Press for their support of this program. This program is possible thanks to the support of the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Bike Barn and Mid Main Houston.
Scott Stulen is a Minneapolis based artist, curator, programmer, DJ and Director of mnartists.org at the Walker Art Center. He has created and produced innovative on and off-line programming including Internet Cat Video Festival, Artist Designed Mini Golf, Community Supported Art (CSA), a national expansion of mnartists.org and the Walker’s ongoing Open Field initiative.
The following films are included in the program:
10 Things I Have learned about Mountain Biking by Filme von Draussen
“This short film sums up some of the simple yet complex insights that struck me while riding my mountainbike.” -Filmmaker *Winner of the Audience Award at the International Cycling Film Festival 2011*
Brussels Express by Sander Vandenbroucke (Brussels)
A documentary about bike messengers in Brussels, the most congested city in Europe with only 4% cycling traffic.
Spoke Folk: A Study of the Austin Cycling Community by Caleb b. Kuntz
A brief glimpse into some of the wondrously colorful and multi-faceted bicycling communities found within Austin, Texas.
Bike Lanes by Casey Neistat (New York)
“I got a tickets for not riding my bike in a bike lane… didn’t seem fair.” -Filmmaker
The Cyclotrope by Tim Wheatley (UK)
The cyclotrope is a cycle of 18 images that is spun at a certain speed so that the frame rate of the camera filming it gives the illusion of animation.
The JET Bicycle – The Most Dangerous Unsafe Bike EVER by Colin Furze
“An old woman’s bike built for shopping turned into a bomb inspired safety hazard. This is the final part in my series on the wonderful pulse jet and what an end. The jet will push the bike a little faster but its staying on that’s the challenge as some of the more keen eyed people will have noticed the side shaking, yes we could have cured it with better frame better wheels etc but I like its a shit bike and still is.” -Filmmaker