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First Motorcycle Film Festival Descends on Brooklyn

By Meredith Hoffman | September 26, 2013 8:52am
 Ana Llorente is one of the judges of the festival.
Ana Llorente is one of the judges of the festival.
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Motorcycle Film Festival

WILLIAMSBURG — Adventure cravers can spend all weekend following cross-country journeys and roaring two-wheelers on the big screen, in the first annual Motorcycle Film Festival.

The hand-picked films — showing at venues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint — include features, documentaries and shorts and run the gamut from the tale of a high school shop teacher who buys her first motorcycle with wedding dress money to a movie about a booze-obsessed writer meandering the land on his bike.

"We felt there needed to be a full film festival," said organizer Corinna Mantlo, an active member of New York's motorcycle scene who said the community of riders had grown exponentially in recent years. She noted that the other motorcycle-themed film event featured only shorts in Los Angeles.

Mantlo, who invited high-profile members of the motorcycle community to judge the films, said her inbox has been flooded with submissions even after the deadline to enter the festival passed in August.

"This is definitely the first festival of many," Mantlo said, adding that she was already preparing for next year's event.

A full printable schedule of the films can be found on the festival's website.