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Wheeled Film Fests Set to Screen Downtown

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at 07:59PM
Keo Curry / To Live & Ride in L.A. Courtesy Rick Kleinsmith

Keo Curry of “Macaframa” practices tricks between camera set ups.

Alternative transportation provides the theme for a pair of film festivals taking place over the next two weeks at the Downtown Independent Theater.

Leading the way is the first International Skateboard Film Festival. It runs from August 31 to September 1, screening films that show how the culture of skateboarding is captured on film or video and the influence of skating culture in mass media.

Then the Los Angeles edition of the Bicycle Film Festival—first begun ten years ago in New York—hits the Downtown scene, running from September 3 to September 5.

Both fests are touted as being full of music and art, using parking lots and art galleries to make Downtown their playground.

Of course, Downtown Los Angeles has always been a playground for skaters and cyclists, and that hasn’t slowed down despite development. Still, that idea of community is something both bikers and skaters understand.

“The L.A. bike community is a group of people not many expect to find in a city known for its traffic jams,” says Rick Kliensmith, producer of “To Live And Ride in L.A.” The picture will be screened during opening day of the Bicycle Film Festival. “While the film is about the community of fixed gear riders, in Los Angeles cyclists of all kinds are close, unlike New York.”

Bringing it even closer to home is the knowledge that several films use Downtown as a backdrop, sometimes offering a reminder that some of the city’s streets are still quiet at night , except for the sound of wheels.

Director David Rowe’s “To Live & Ride in L.A.” explores a side of L.A. few outsiders have seen. From races through rush-hour traffic to midnight loft parties, “To Live & Ride in L.A.” is a fast ride through the busy streets and back-alleys of one of the world’s largest cities. The film is produced by Rick Kliensmith, and will have its world premiere at Bike Film Festival.


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