CBC Bicycle Film Series & Northwest Film Forum present: Bicycle Film Shorts Festival!
"One Got Fat" by Dale Jennings (15:00, 1963)
A group of children, all wearing ape masks, rides their bicycles to the park for a picnic. Along the way, all but one are eliminated for violating basic bike safety rules true bicycle comedy classic!
"Parasol" by Webster Crowell, (8:30, 2008)
Parasol is a short, quick revenge film about bicycles, dancing and speed; animated with pastels across the surface of a few thousand paper parasols.
"Manquer" by Matt Daniels & Sean Pecknold (4:30, 2006)
This stop-motion animation recounts a well-known motion picture trope: awkward fellow falls for the love of his life, who is stolen away by a village lout, then abused and neglected by the hooligan, and finally gallantly rescued from the cruel thug. But this wonderfully charming short transcends that commonplace leitmotif through its mixture of unusual, visually dynamic photography and a captivating narrative voice-over. You'll find it very hard not to fall under the pleasant spell of this beguiling little love story, with its every surprising twist and turn.
"Hard Court" by Sarah Crowe, Erin O.Kay (10:00, 2011)
Seattle is said to be the birth place of Bike Polo and since its inception ten years ago the game has spread from the Northwest and is now played all over the world. As Bike Polo continues to grow in popularity this film discovers its evolution from game to sport.
"You and Your Bicycle" Progressive Pictures, (8:58, 1948)
Bicycle safety film for children, shot on the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, California. Features numerous examples of safe and unsafe cycle riding, simulated accidents, and scenes of post-World War II East Bay streets and sidewalks.
Jitensha by Dean Yamada 21:00, 2009, Japan)
"Jitensha" (or "Bicycle") is a story about Mamoru Amagaya, a young man struggling to find meaning in life. A co-worker confronts Mamoru on his apparent apathy toward life, and this results in Mamoru leaving his job out of humiliation. Now alone and without work, just as it seems that things could not possibly get worse, parts of Mamoru's bicycle begin to disappear, one by one. In frustration, Mamoru leaves a note for the thief, begging him to just take the whole thing. The note left in response is signed "God", leaving Mamoru only more confused. At last, when the only remaining piece of the bicycle is a lonely bell, Mamoru receives an envelope, containing addresses at which each piece of the bicycle might be retrieved. Puzzled yet intrigued, Mamoru embarks on a journey to resurrect and reassemble his beloved possession. As he seeks out each piece of the missing whole, Mamoru begins to discover that he himself is in a healing process. As he puts his bike together piece by piece, he realizes that he himself is in the process of being reassembled in the same way, by one far greater than himself
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