Designed by Joshua Michael Paulin Mark On Allen, Dir. Spike Jonze: Two of the skate world's most influential figures pair up -- Spike Jonze captures Mark Gonzalez putting down the skateboard and pulling off the impossible on the bicycle. Fire Bears Works, Dir. Carlos Charlie Perez: Expect the unexpected from OC friend and collaborator Carlos Charlie Perez. With his trademark of using masks spanning from different corners of pop culture, Charlie takes us through the different landscapes of Florida. The Bike Song, Dir. Warren Fu: The combo of music talent along with visuals referencing Japanese Sentai to Knightrider, fused perfectly together by Warren Fu, who was INTERVIEWED right here on the blog not long ago.  Fabric Bike, Dir. Laura Mensinga and Kirsten White: Being a huge Michel Gondry fan, I love seeing things like this. A Canadian all-girl midnight bike gang called The Deadly Nightshades creates a bicycle over a three month period, combining their love of fashion, art and cycling, documenting every step along the way.  Last Minutes With Oden, Dir. Eliot Rausch: Easily in my top 3 favorite short films I have ever seen (maybe even my favorite of all time), Last Minutes with Oden is a beautifully shot film with Jason Wood about dealing with his dog Oden's struggle with cancer. If you see one film this year at the festival, do yourself a favor and make it this one. BMX Trailer Park Racer (Tuff Wheel Twos), Dir. Matt Gee:  Done in my favorite medium, this Super 8 film features a lo-fi soundtrack from Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse singing at the age of 15. So rad. Grime Television, Edited and Produced by Mike T. Schmitt and James Parker III: What's the only thing good on TV after midnight? Public Access and infomercials with the best bargains. Myself and Mike T. Schmitt of The Grime take you on a trip through late night television. The Line, Dir. Jose Pedro Lopes: If you're a fan of comical horror, this film is right up your alley. A good laugh at a prank gone awry. Hacer, Dir. Jonathan Walley: This portrait of an underground metal fabricator allows us to step inside a different world of cycling–it's the Mad Max of BMX. Los Angelopes, Dir. Richie Thomassen: Every time I see the LA River System in a movie, I always think of how much fun it would be to ride through it on my bike. Los Angelopes is a circus of wild bike antics and trashcan lid surfing.

10 Must-See Films from the 2011 Bicycle Film Festival

BY James Parker | Tue. June 21, 2011 | 12:00 AM | Culture Club
OCNY's James Parker III gives us a run-down of the films he's most excited about from the upcoming Bicycle Film Festival (in NYC from June 22-26)!

In 2001, Brendt Barbur was riding his bike in New York City when he got hit by a bus. To turn the negative experience into something positive, he started the Bicycle Film Festival, which celebrates the bicycle through film, art and music. Tomorrow, the BFF kicks off its 11th year right here in NYC before it takes its 40+ films around the world over the course of the next year–from Tallinn to Tokyo, and everywhere in between. Tickets, passes and info on the events in store (which include an art show and parties and Santos and Lit) are available on the BFF website. Don't miss out! For now, here are the films I'm most looking forward to.