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