EAST VILLAGE — The 16th annual Bicycle Film Festival begins Friday, kicking off three days of cycling-centric movies at the Anthology Film Archives at 32 Second Ave.
The extensive program, made up of a diverse selection of both short and feature-length films, is bookended by documentaries paying tribute to women in the world of cycling.
"Women have a very important voice in the film and cycling world," said festival founder Brendt Barbur. "This year we are fortunate to have a program that includes some amazing films featuring women."
The festival will launch with the New York premiere of “Personal Gold: An Underdog Story,” detailing the journeys of four female cyclists leading up to the 2012 Olympics in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
The festival, which will continue Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m., will wrap up with “Ovarian Psychos,” a documentary about a tough-as-nails crew of female cyclists confronting racism and violence on the Eastside of Los Angeles.
Barbur decided to launch the festival dedicated to his joint passion for cycling and art after he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City.
Now an international affair taking places across cities worldwide, the event aims to celebrate bicycles through the art of film, according to the festival’s website.
Viewers can buy tickets to individual screenings for $12 apiece, or buy daily passes for $22 or all-weekend passes for $45.
The entire program can be viewed here.