Thursday, May 26, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
ZAK SAVES BIKE FILM FEST
_________Excerpt from UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE's documenting ZAK TAKING THE STAGE DURING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
The theater quickly became packed. People scrambled for seats, stood in the back, sat on the floor along the isles and even reclined on the stage once films began. Many of those that packed the theater were members of the vast bicycle subculture that includes environmental and political activists and bike messengers. Many learned of the film festival through advocacy and activist groups such as Transportation Alternatives and Time’s Up.
Zak, an 80-year-old poet and songwriter who performs with the punk rock band Team Spider, approached the stage. He wore a bicycle tire round his head. "If you can’t ride one, wear one," he said. He led the crowd in chants of "Bike’s Rock!" and "Critical Mass!"
The technical difficulties overcome, the film screenings got under way. The first film shown was ‘Drag Race New York City.’ The short film
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