Last week was the launch party to celebrate the 20th Environmental Film Festival in DC held at the Warner Theatre Atrium. The party featured food and drink from local restauarants and shops, screened clips from the film "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom", and had some silent auction items including an annual membership to Capital Bikeshare!
I spoke to a number of people who had really nice things to say about Capital Bikeshare and were just extremely impressed with the whole system. Unfortunately this year there are no films about bikes or biking, but there are three film makers who will be attending the film festival and who have some connection to biking. J.J. Kelley (Bones of Turkana) has actually biked across Alaska! Harry Lynch (Switch) had a job as a bike mechanic before he started making films. And Mark Decena (Watershed: Exploring a New Ethic for the New West) loves riding his bike to work.
There are a few films from previous years that featured biking. The Pedal Co-Op, a student short film that depicted how bike trailers are a new way to transport recycling, compost and books in Philadelphia; Garden Cycles Bike Tour that documents a group of twenty-something friends traveling 2,000 miles visiting different gardens between DC and Canada; Talking with Gabe Klein, DDOT's previous director talks about biking in DC including the old bikeshare system; and finally Cyclovia, a short film about the 70 miles of roadway closed in Colombia for cyclists, pedestrians and the like (just not cars!).
Film can be a powerful tool to reach out to the masses, and this year we celebrate 20 years of using film to advance environmental understanding. Bicycling, especially for transportation, plays a pivotal role in the environmental movement for the obvious reason of removing cars (read: carbon dioxide emissions) from the road. Check out some of last years films about bicycling and show your support by attending some of this year's shows - they're free!
Zanna is the Events and Outreach Coordinator for BikeArlington. She is a full time bike commuter and has her Master's degree in Sustainable Environmental Management - she loves the environment. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.