Fall Film Preview 2010: Under-the-Radar Fests

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by Adam Roy Jul 22, 2010
We may be moving into the final stretch of summer, but there’s still plenty of good stuff coming up before the year ends. Here’s a peek at four sports film fests to look forward to this fall:

New York Surf Film Festival

A three-day event whose stated aim is to “build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is.” Last year’s lineup included a Q&A with Rob Machado, a documentary on surfing in Cleveland, and a screening of the 1966 Bruce Brown classic The Endless Summer.

The New York Surf Film Festival returns to New York City from September 24-26. Tickets are available on the festival’s website.

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

For people who would rather be under the waves than ride them, the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition is two nights of (mostly) hi-def original films about sea life and exploration. The 11th edition of the fest will take place on September 17 and 18 at San Diego’s Qualcomm Hall.

Midwest Ski Film Fest

With no serious mountains around, the terrain park is one of the few places in the Midwest where skiers can really push themselves.

That newschool style is the focus of the Midwest Ski Film Fest in Milwaukee, which brings together films from established companies like Level 1 with flicks from local amateurs. Last year’s event included gear giveaways from Jiberish, live music, and an after party.

The Midwest Ski Film Fest will come back to Milwaukee in October.

Boston Bike Film Fest

Besides being home to Harvard, MIT, and a good chunk of America’s hippie population, Cambridge is the spiritual center of Boston’s bike scene. For the fifth year running, the city is hosting the Boston Bike Film Fest, a two-night exhibition of indie cycling flicks.

The festival comes to the Brattle Theatre October 22-23, and will feature films from four categories: shorts, documentaries, features, and animated films. Tickets are available on the fest’s website.

Feature image: Steve Janish

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