Magic of Cinema fans are in for a double treat on Friday, April 12, when Peninsula College screens its first film of the spring quarter, Bicycle Dreams.
This powerful 2010 documentary by Stephen Auerbach is being cosponsored by Bike Garage, which will offer free brake and gear tune-ups outside Maier Hall before the film, starting at 6:00 pm. The film will begin at 7:00 pm in Maier Performance Hall.
Bicycle Dreams details the highs and lows of the Race Across America, an epic 3,000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Auerbach and his crew used 18 cameras to capture the highs and lows of the Race, which is considered the most challenging sporting event in the world. Top riders finish in under 10 days, riding over 300 miles per day and sleeping only a few hours per night. With little prize money at stake, the fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish, a challenge half of all riders fail to meet.
To uncover the inner workings of the race, camera operators traveled inside the riders’ crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. The footage caught by the cameramen captured both emotional and physical breakdowns as well as late-night strategy sessions and moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then edited the hundreds of hours of film he and his crew had shot into a compelling and riveting 108-minute documentary that provides an inspiring look inside the Race Across America.
The resulting documentary has captured more than 15 film festival awards, including Best Documentary at the Las Vegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Sports Film Festival and Best Foreign Film at the Moscow Film Festival.
In a film review, USA Today noted: "Bicycle Dreams is a beautiful film that probes deeply into the sport’s heart of darkness, offering an inspiring glimpse at the high price of glory."
General admission to the film is $5 or free with a student ID.
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