The Bicycle Film Festival is Coming!

May is Bike Month, and this weekend is the best time to celebrate. Sacramento has earned a stop on the international tour of the Bicycle Film Festival. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, with the festivities extending into Sunday as part of the Amgen Tour of California.

The Friends of Fremont Park, along with pizza and panini bar Hot Italian, will host the event. The film festival starts Friday in Fremont Park with movie shorts. They will begin at 9 p.m., but the event will kick off at 7 at nearby Hot Italian, which also will be the site of the night’s after-party. And it will continue "as long as people are there and drinking," Lepore said.

"The Bicycle Film Festival is a collection of film, art and music," said Andrea Lepore, co-owner of Hot Italian.

The New Humans will perform at the preparty Friday at Hot Italian and Signal to Red is scheduled before the big presentation Saturday.

The 16 short films range from one to 16 minutes. Among them is "Macramento," a film by Colby Elrick about legendary Italian frame builder Giovanni Pelizzoli. It follows local riders John Cardiel, Squirrel and Ted Shred, aka DJ Ted Shred.

Saturday will begin with a a scavenger hunt, with prizes including bicycle saddles by San Marco, vouchers to the Crocker Art Museum, Hot Italian certificates and messenger bags. The festivities will continue with music in the park, followed by the Bicycle Film Festival features presentation, and concluding with the Urban Velodrome After Party at Venue, at 15th and R streets. The after-party will feature DJ Ted Shred.

There will be a beer garden in Fremont Park at 1 p.m. from which to view Amgen rider. The first leg of the tour starts Sunday in Nevada City and ends in Sacramento. Fans can expect to see the cyclists, including Lance Armstrong, pass at about 3:30.

This is the Bicycle Film Festival’s 10th year and its first in Sacramento. Lepore said that cities comparable in size to Sacramento usually have a turnout numbering in the thousands. Many cities charge admission because the films are shown in a museum or a similar venue. Sacramentans can participate in the festival free except for food and drinks.

Other major cities hosting the Bicycle Film Festival include New York, Chicago, London, Melbourne and Tokyo. For more information, visit

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May 12, 2010 | 8:37 AM

I love that picture!

May 12, 2010 | 1:30 PM

Friday is a lot of shorts, total running time of about 1 hour. (if run back to back). But Saturday is 2 films of about 90 minutes total.

May 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Thank you Hot Italian and Friends of Fremont Park.

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