The 10th annual Bicycle Film Festival is off to the races tonight in Denver with the BFF Goldsprints Kickoff Party at Shag Lounge (group ride to the party starts at 6:30 from the Track Shack, 1338 Tremont). Two-day festival passes for this weekend's screenings at Starz FilmCenter are already sold out, so don't sleep on picking up tickets for the individual programs. Check out our list of must-see movies, with trailers, after the jump.
The Birth of Big Air Director Jeff Tremaine is best known for his work on Jackass and its many silly spinoffs, but the subject of this documentary, produced by Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze for ESPN, is a stuntman of a different caliber. The film chronicles BMX legend Mat Hofman's highest highs and hardest hits in a long career involving a lot of ambulance rides. Program 1, Friday at 7 p.m.
Riding the Long White Cloud A crew of professional skateboarders (including Chris Haslam, Rick McCrank, Silas Baxter Neal, John Rattray, and Keegan Sauder) cycle their way around New Zealand looking for skate spots and find something else entirely in director Alex Craig's documentary, created for FUEL TV. Program 2, Friday at 9 p.m.
Bicycle Dreams Director Stephen Auerbach follows the madmen competing in the 10-day, 3,000 mile Race Across America, widely regarded as the most challenging sporting event in the world. It doesn't end well for many of the athletes involved, and that, apparently, is part of its allure. Program 3, Saturday at 3 p.m.
Line of Sight Lucas Brunelle and his helmet cam make their way to Boston, London, Kyoto, Miami, Milan, Stockholm, Barcelona, and Tokyo for the last installment in Brunelle's series of annual alleycat racing documentaries, this time with co-director Benny Zenga along for the ride to turn the camera back on Brunelle. Program 4, Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Cyclocross Meeting Director Brian Vernor profiles American cyclocross racers Barry Wicks and Adam McGrath, following them to races in New Jersey, Oregon, and Japan, where the film shifts focus to spotlight Japanese National Champion Keiichi Tsujiura, up-and-comer Yu Takenouchi, and bicycle framebuilder Nakagawa. Program 5, Saturday at 7 p.m.