The Masking Tape Film Festival. The Lifeguard Stand Film Festival. The Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Film Festival. Until these are formed, the Bicycle Film Festival is the weirdest and coolest niche film festival the world has yet invented.
Started nine years ago by Brendt Barbur, a New York City resident who was hit by a bus while cycling, the BFF, true to its name, celebrates the bicycle in all its various forms, and for the first time, comes to Miami beginning this Thursday night.
To call it just a film festival is reductive. The BFF is a celebration of the bicycle through all different types of art, not least of them being cycling itself, so the festival kicks off with a 9-mile sprint race tonight. Sponsored by Loose Cannons, the race goes from SoFlo Skate Shop in Coconut Grove to MiMo's News Lounge (5508 NE Fourth Court), where DJ Manuevers will host an after-party.
Then on Friday, there's a group ride from Keirin Cycles (235 A 9th St.) to Harvey Seed's American Legion (6445 NE Seventh Avenue, Miami), where cyclists will once again-I'm sensing a good theme here-party.
Finally, the big day is Saturday. At 3 p.m., there's an alleycat race from Government Center (101 NW First Street, Downtown Miami) to the cinematic venue, the Colony Theater (1040 Lincolnd Road, Miami Beach), where the slate of short films starts at 5 p.m. After the wrap, everyone gets back on his or her two-wheeled machine and crosses the bay with headlamps pointed toward the Electric Pickle, where Poplife is hosting an after-party. DJ Treasure Fingers, of Fool's Gold fame (A-Track's record label), will take care of the music.
If you have to, show up in your car. But c'mon, dude. Bikes are cheap.