Bicycle Film Festival Comes to The Berkshires

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) has traveled to London, Tokyo, and Melbourne – in total 100 cities around the globe. 
 
Now, for the first time, this acclaimed festival celebrating the bicycle in all its forms lands in the Berkshires at The Stationery Factory in Dalton on June 16. 
 
Experience a day-long festival featuring two curated screenings of short films accompanied by family-friendly rides and bicycle-related vendors. The festival is hosted by the Pittsfield Community Design Center and the Berkshire Chapter of New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA). 
 
The festival's inaugural sponsor is Housatonic Heritage with more to come.
 
According to a press release:
 
BFF: Berkshires is designed to appeal to cyclists of all ages and interests from mountain bikers to long-distance racers and everyone in between. BFF: Berkshires offers an international window into the passionate cycling movement by presenting films of a caliber that speak to film connoisseurs and avid cyclists alike. These films celebrate what makes bicycling special and showcase why bicycling is attracting a growing following worldwide, including in the Berkshires.
 
"I wanted to bring the excitement I experienced watching the virtual Bicycle Film Festival over the past few years in person to my community in Western Massachusetts," BFF: Berkshires' co-producer and Pittsfield Community Design Center organizer Nick Russo said. "This festival promises to kick off a true bike renaissance that builds on work being done countywide from the expansion of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail to encouraging more students to bike to school."
 
With an Adventure Shorts screening at 2 pm and Select Shorts at 6 pm featuring 16+ films in total, BFF: Berkshires will bring local audiences a full range of documentaries, narratives, and animations by award-winning directors and emerging talents – all sharing equal billing. 
 
In addition to films, the day features family-friendly rides, demonstrations, and vendors with a portion of ticket sales supporting the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bike Skills Park, which aims to bring a dedicated 2.3-space complete with a pump track, jump line, skills zone, and dual slalom to young bikers.
 
Tickets and passes available now at https://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/tickets.
 
Watch the BFF: Berkshires Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/937931405
 
 
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By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Marissa Ostrowski and M. Madeline Schrade thank the people 'who treated us as family' even though they entered later in their lives. See more photos here.
ADAMS, Mass. — Jonathan Igoe is a relatively new member of the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School community.
 
But the interim executive director learned a pretty valuable lesson about the 28 members of the class of 2024 who gathered in school's gym for Saturday morning's graduation.
 
Recently, he heard a story about 14 of those seniors on the class field trip to Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
 
"They went out to lunch together, a group among this larger group," Igoe said at Saturday's ceremony. "And the owner of the restaurant was so impressed with this group of students that she asked to take a photo and put it on her Instagram account.
 
"She told them that they were the most polite and best behaved group of students that she had ever encountered."
 
True to that reputation for good manners, gratitude was a major theme of Saturday's graduation exercises.
 
In addition to the annual "Moment of Appreciation" school tradition when graduates each give a flower to a faculty member who impacted their life in a significant way, two seniors made appreciation for their parents a major theme of their remarks.
 
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