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'Bikes vs. Cars' debuts in Sedona International Film Festival's Alive Mind Cinema Series

“Bikes vs Cars” depicts a global crisis: climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. (Courtesy photo)

“Bikes vs Cars” depicts a global crisis: climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. (Courtesy photo)

The Sedona International Film Festival continues its Alive Mind Cinema Series with the one-night-only debut of the award-winning film "Bikes vs. Cars" on Thursday, Sept. 17. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

"Bikes vs Cars" depicts a global crisis: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

"Born in Malmö, Sweden, a city where the bike is the natural choice for going from one place to another, I've traveled the world wondering why there are so few bicycles," director Fredrik Gertten said. "Now, the car model as we know it has reached an extreme level with constant gridlock and millions of productive hours lost."

The new urban biking movement is pushing this development. People simply put a sign on their bike saying "One Less Car" - a do-it-yourself attitude toward a global crisis. It's a positive message in depressing times.

"Bikes vs. Cars" is part of the Alive Mind Cinema Series, showing in theaters around the world. Alive Mind Cinema releases critically acclaimed and transformative films that present the power of art, film and spirituality to transform how we see our world. 

"Bikes vs. Cars" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, call 928-282-1177. Both the theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. Highway 89A, in west Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.