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Minneapolis Bicycle Film Festival begins today

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Twin Cities cyclists are a hardcore breed of people. Seeming to borrow from the mail carriers credo, they are out pedaling through not just the best weather, but also through snow, rain, and, lately, in the sweltering heat. It makes sense to combine a bike event with a movie event right now; everyone has been heading to the cinemas lately, caring more about the frigid air conditioning than what movies are showing.


For a short while at least, the movie-going experience will be perfect because bikes and air conditioning can unite for The Bicycle Film Festival.

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The fest starts today, and is hosted both by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and St. Anthony Main Theatre. Tonight, the MIA will not only host free viewings of Labour of Love and Dudey Free Zone, but there will be raffle contests for bikes from Surly and the Hub, Twin Six gear, and Nice Ride MN, plus One on One prizes. Activities include a create-your-own bike accessory station using recycled bike parts. Joey Ryan & the Inks will be performing live in the Angry Catfish Bike Lounge.

St. Anthony Main Theatre hosts the Bike Film Fest on Friday and Saturday. Racing Towards Red Hook and Sunchasers will be the featured films on Friday night, with an after party at Red Stag. Saturday kicks off with a bike scavenger hunt in Gold Medal Park, and three movies are scheduled at St. Anthony Main: With Our Own Two Wheels, Fun Bike Shorts, and Urban Bike Shorts. The festival concludes with the Rally in the Alley! event at One on One Bicycle Studio. There will be beer specials courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

Movie tickets can be purchased online for $8 each (MIA movies are free). Festival passes are available for $27 and are valid for one admission to each of the movies. It is recommended that movie-goers arrive 15 minutes before showtime to ensure admission.

The Bicycle Film Festival runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Visit the Bicycle Film Festival website for a complete schedule of events. More information can also be found at the Institute of Arts.