Pedal Pusher Film Festival

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The Second Annual Pedal Pusher Film Festival of Salt Lake City will be held on May 10 at The Depot at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate cycling and how it impacts our lives. The festival and fundraiser benefits the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective (SLCBC) and is modeled closely after the internationally renowned Bicycle Film Festival (BFF), which will be providing the screening material. The Bicycle Film Festival, founded and directed by NYC native Brendt Barbur, travels to places like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Italy, Australia and Japan. Every type of cycling sport is represented, as the festival is meant to unite cyclists of all interests. At the Pedal Pusher Film Fest in Salt Lake, there will be a selection of films from this year's Bicycle Film Festival handpicked and sent to the Pedal Pusher Fest by Barbur to encourage and inspire the cycling community here in SLC.

Jonathan Morrison, director of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, notes that the collective had a personal interest in the BFF from the start. "We heard of the BFF the first year it started and ever since, we have wanted it to come to Salt Lake City," he says. "It wasn't until 2007 that we had the support of the BFF. In the future, we hope to have the full-blown festival in SLC." Some local cyclists believe the festival should have already made its way to Salt Lake due to the city's booming cycling culture, but Morrison is patient. "In a very short time, the BFF has become an international event in every continent but Antarctica. To get [SLC] on the list next to Tokyo, Milan, London, NYC, and San Francisco takes work." He is hoping that next year just might be the year for that. As for now, the SLCBC is happy to host the one-day Pedal Pusher event.

Prior to the BFF's involvment, the SLCBC had been hosting Bicycle Movie Nights, but with the support of the BFF, they decided to take a chance at doing something bigger. "We went out on a line bringing it to the Depot," says Morrison, "High-end venues like that mean we need to pack the seats just to break even. Last year we had less than 10 people pre-register, so we were a little nervous." As it turned out, last year's Pedal Pusher Festival was wildly successful and had over 350 cyclists pack the Depot, many with their bicycles. As people left the venue that night and de-tangled their bicycles from the giant pile outside of the Depot, there was a buzz in the air about what the event will be like in 2008. The films to be shown at this year's festival have yet to be announced, but Morrison is confident that they will live up to the high standard set last year.

The event will begin with an hour of Salt City Sprints (a bicycle roller-racing game) as well as a silent auction for some awesome bike gear. SLCBC will get 100�f funds raised to support their programs for the rest of the year. After watching some of the films, there will be a track-stand competition where fixed-gear riders will attempt to balance on their bikes without moving. "To make it harder, we make people do it one-handed, then no-handed, then one-legged. As the feet go down, riders get disqualified," Morrison says. The Vile Blue Shades will close the event and rock the venue into the night. Most of the films shown will be their premiere in SLC and, if the atmosphere is similar to last year's, Morrison warns that the fest-goers might get a little too excited. "Be ready to laugh, cry, gasp and cheer. We just hope everyone has a great time," he says.

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