Bicycle Film Festival scheduled for Downtown St. George

ST. GEORGE — The Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance and the St. George Active Transportation Committee are jointly hosting a free Bike Film Festival Saturday from 3-6 p.m. at the Electric Theater, located at 68 E. Tabernacle St. The film festival will feature three short films from Germany, Cuba and Canada, all with a bicycling theme.

The feature film will be “Rising From Ashes.” This film, narrated by Forest Whitaker, has been the winner of 15 national and international film festival awards. Click play  play-arrow above to watch the film trailer.

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature-length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa, to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team.

As they set out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. While the team has taken care of the physical and mental issues, it has provided something greater: hope.

Rwanda is a country recovering from one of the world’s most devastating genocides, and its people have longed for heroes. The riders of Team Rwanda become more than just a cycling team; they become ambassadors of hope and men to look up to. They give the country a vision of something greater than themselves and a renewed sense of purpose.

The festival will begin with a social hour, light refreshments and short presentations from 3-4 p.m. The films will be shown from 4-6 p.m.

For those wishing to continue the socializing and discussions, Cappeletti’s Restaurant next door to the Electric Theater is offering a 20 percent discount on all meals to film festival attendees. Just mention the film festival when making your required reservation.

The film festival is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

“There is something for every cyclist at this film festival, whether you ride for fun, exercise or to work or school,” Craig Shanklin, president of SUBA said. “These four films really show the power and influence of cycling around the world.”

The Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to improving cycling for everyone in Washington County. SUBA focuses on encouraging cycling so that everyone can enjoy the many health, economic, recreation and transportation benefits of bicycling.

The St. George Active Transportation Committee was established by the St. George City Council and is charged with increasing opportunities for active transportation, walking and cycling in St. George. The committee is made up of 15 local leaders from a wide variety of organizations.

For additional information, contact Marc Mortensen, chairman, St. George Active Transportation Committee, at 435-704-0953; or Craig Shanklin, president, SUBA, at 702-595-4150.

Event details

  • What: Bike Film Festival
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 30, 3-6 p.m.
  • Where: The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St., St. George

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  • r2d2 January 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    When are they going to require license fees for bikes. I think it would be a good idea for anyone over the age of 21 to be required to have there bike licensed. We license ATV’s and motorcycles. Off road or on. The state needs more revenue. Ticket the ones that don’t comply.

    • Billy Madison January 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      I agree with r2d2, require licenses for all bicycle riders and their bicycles. This will give the cops another law breaker to look for and maybe they won’t notice me weaving all over the roads quite so much.

      • .... January 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

        LOL ! Obviously you need to get a life

    • .... January 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      You should have to pay a fee for being stupid in public

    • Lastdays January 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      So if we required a special license, mandatory registration, insurance, etc… would that put a smile on your face so you could honk and wave at cyclists with all your fingers ? I seriously doubt it. Some folks who are disturbed by having cyclists, and runners, on “their” road will never be happy regardless of any new laws made.
      Just deal with bikes on the road and try to keep smiling. There are many more motorists with disturbing driving habits that irk me compared to an occasional cyclists that I have to encounter.
      Also, most serious cyclists have several cars that they register, pay taxes, pay fuel taxes, etc…. so they can help pay for their share of the road.

    • .... January 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Careful don’t get your diaper in a knot

  • r2d2 January 26, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    If they were required to register there bike they would pay for their own paved trail off to the side and wouldn’t need the road.

  • .... January 26, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Those first 2 commenters need to get away from their keyboards and get out of their mothers basement

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