ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival present the highly acclaimed documentary “Klunkerz” at the Electric Theater on Friday at 7 p.m.
From the late 1960s through the 1970s — long before the mountain bike entered the global consciousness — a group of cyclists in Northern California’s Marin County turned the bicycle world upside down by taking their adventures off-road, riding modified pre-WWII bicycles scavenged from dumpsters and junkyards down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. It was from these humble beginnings that a multibillion-dollar industry, a form of recreation for the masses and an Olympic event were born. These hefty steeds were affectionately known as Klunkerz.
“Klunkers” is a raucous and entertaining documentary that will have you on the edge of your seat, even if you’ve never been mountain biking. The film features interviews with the pioneers of the sport and the more obscure characters who influenced them.
“Far from the elite status of spandex covered bike racers on $10,000 bikes, these guys turned their backs on that glitz and glamour,” Executive Director of DOCUTAH and Director of the Dixie State Film Program Phil Tuckett said. “Through trial and error and hair-raising rides careening down Mt. Tamalpais, they invented a new sport, but they sure had fun doing it.”
USA Today noted, “Savage’s funny and often poignant film looks at how a bunch of semi-stoned hippies in Northern California developed a unique style of off-road bike riding through collaboration and competition. ‘Klunkerz’ is worth checking out even if you’re not a bike nut.”
Director William Savage will conduct a filmmaker chat at the Electric Theater following the screening. “Klunkerz” is the third in a series of monthly screenings at the Electric Theater. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at the Jennings Building on the Dixie State University campus. Space is limited to theater capacity.
Filmmakers or documentary subjects will be available for meet and greet chats at all DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC screenings. The Electric Theater schedule for the coming months leading up to the 2016 DOCUTAH International Film Festival includes:
- March 25 — “Klunkerz” — Directed by William Savage. Long before the mountain bike entered our global consciousness, the cycling enthusiasts of Northern California’s Marin County rode modified pre-WWII bicycles down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.
- April 29 — “Pete McCloskey, Leading from the Front” — Produced and directed by Rob Caughlan, the film tells the colorful and inspirational life story of true American hero Pete McCloskey — U.S. Marine, Congressman, lawyer and environmentalist. Both Rob Caughlan and former Congressman Pete McCloskey will be onsite.
- May 27 — “Off the Rez” — Directed by Jonathan Hock. The documentary, which won an ESPN 30 for 30 award, follows the journey of former Oregon high school basketball star Shoni Schimmel and her family from the Umatilla Indian Reservation to starring on the basketball court.
- June 24 — “The Day After Trinity; J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb” — Directed by Jon H. Else. Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan Project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
- July 29 — “The Great American Cowboy” — Directed by Kieth Merrill. This Oscar-winning film tells the exciting, true story of this vanishing American and his special kind of freedom.
The August 26th screening TBA.