Watch the video interview on Vimeo, it’s 2 minutes long. 

We interviewed Terry Bloom the other day at his gym about the Bicycle Film Festival that starts tomorrow, a locally-produced event with international cachet that celebrates films about bikes but also the bicycles and the people who ride them. We wanted to know what will be different in 2012’s festival over 2011′.

First off, there are three new and different venues, starting with a free showing at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center downtown. Donations will be accepted and seats are first come, first served, but if you join one of the three rides departing at 17:30h, “you will get a seat”, Terry guaranteed. Saturday’s screenings move to the Viaduct Theater, at the Belmont and Western Avenue viaduct in Roscoe Village, while Sunday’s films will be projected at the renovated Logan Theater in Logan Square.

See the full screening schedule, venue details, and ticket information (event page on Facebook). All other events are free.

The Friday group rides – November 2, 2012

Blue Line group ride
Hosted by: Tiny Fix
5:30 PM @ TBA

Northside group ride
Hosted by: Heritage Bicycles
5:30 PM @ Heritage Bicycles & General Store 2959 N Lincoln

Downtown group ride
Hosted by: The Chainlink and Tour de Cure
5:30 PM @ CLOUDGATE (the BEAN)

All rides will end at the Millennium Park Bike Station because of its abundant bike parking. The Chicago Cultural Center has a very limited bike parking capacity.

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BMX slow race at the 2011 Bicycle Film Festival. 

Saturday events – November 3, 2012

Block party bike jam from 12  PM-5 PM at Boulevard Bikes, 2535 N Kedzie Avenue in Logan Square. There will be lots of prizes; see the flyer.

BMX & fixed gear competition at the Logan Square skate park from 2-4 PM, 2430 W Logan Boulevard

Sunday events – November 4, 2012

Bike in brunch, Heritage Bicycles & General Store 10 AM to 2 PM, 2959 N Lincoln Avenue in Lakeview. Event flyer.

Goldsprints competition at the Logan Theater, from 9 PM to 12 AM,  2646 North Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square

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Block party at the 2008 Bicycle Film Festival. Photo by Dubi Kaufmann.

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Bicycle Film Festival poster. 

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