New Belgium Clips of Faith – Call for Entries!

Bring Your Film to the Inflatable Big Screen!
New Belgium Brewing is Seeking Film Submissions for “Clips of Faith” Tour

You make the film. We make the beer.

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is calling all filmmakers, beer-lovers and videographers! New Belgium’s Clips of Faith ( is in its third year and searching for short films of the tasty variety.

Clips of Faith is an 18-city tour where people can savor beers from New Belgium’s esoteric Lips of Faith series, along with some popular classics, while enjoying short films and raising money for local nonprofits. Since its inception two years ago, the tour has raised more than $91,000 for local philanthropic organizations and shown nearly 40 amateur films. Clips of Faith will finish its tour Knoxville on October 12, 2012.

“We really enjoy working with all the creative folks in our community of beer drinkers to bring the event together,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “The whole evening is a remarkable collaboration of passions—hand-made films with hand-made beer. We look forward to bringing out some new unique beers and putting together the final cut of the 2012 show.”

Over the last two seasons, New Belgium has received nearly 200 film submissions, with approximately 20 selections making each tour. This year, all selected entries will receive a custom gift from New Belgium and screenings in 18 cities.

To enter, upload your film by April 16 to The guidelines include:

  • The film must be no more than seven minutes.
  • Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old.
  • The film can cover any subject/genre, but extra points go to films that include New Belgium folly: craft beer, sustainability, whimsy, adventure or culture.
  • Keep it clean.
  • Filmmakers must secure rights for all elements included in the film.

In 2010 and 2011, some of the selected storylines included a paddling trip through whaling waters, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and an absurdist spaghetti western. Film genres ranged from comedic shorts, animation and environmental documentaries to tales about the beloved bike.

For the latest information on Clips of Faith, go to and for more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit


IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training Weekend

The IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training weekend and spring meeting of the SORBA Board of Directors will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Gateway Regional Visitor Center and Volunteer Landing located at 900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Meet Dave Wiens at the Friday social and hear him give the keynote address at lunch on Saturday.  Mike Van Able, IMBA Executive Director, will be there to meet you and talk about the IMBA and SORBA relationship.

The Volunteer Rewards Dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Ijams Nature Center.

Join our host the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC), local IMBA-SORBA chapter, and mountain bike advocacy leaders from around the southeast for a fun filled weekend.

The cost is $30 for the whole weekend. Or if you are only attending the dinner on Saturday the cost is $20.

More information and full schedule at »


The last AMBC trail workday of 2011 is coming up on December 17th and we want to make it our biggest one yet! We’re hoping to see at least 100 people turn out to help finish the new trails we’ve been building in South Knoxville.

Since this is a MEGAworkday, we’ll have two different shifts, so you’ll have the option to work from 9-noon or 1-4pm. Lunch will be provided at noon. All shifts meet at the Mead’s Quarry parking lot – rain or shine!

AMBC will provide some tools, but if you have your own (rogue hoes, fire rakes, mattocks, loppers, chainsaws), please bring them so that we can be sure everyone has something to work with.

EVERYONE’S WELCOME! Bring your friends and family and show them what great outdoor resources are right in their back yard.

If you plan to attend, just leave a comment below to help us get a head count. See you on the 17th!

AMBC Fall Festival 2011!

You’ve been waiting all year long and IT’S BACK.

Roll out to the South Knoxville home of AMBC Prez Brian Hann for a day full of mountain biking, food, beer, and music! We’ll have guided rides for all levels of riders, short track races, and officially top-secret after-dark bike shenanigans (if you know, you know…).

We’ll also have plenty of AMBC swag (including this year’s limited-edition wool jerseys) and opportunities to learn about and join AMBC & SORBA.

We’ve also lined up some incredible prize sponsors. You will not want to miss out on the silent auction and raffle.


1:00 Guided “DIRTY 30” ride for adventurers (we’ll get you back for short trackin’)
1:30 GUIDED RIDES for all levels
1:45 Guided KIDS RIDE
4:30 SHORT TRACK Racin’
6:00 FOOD provided by Food Sales East
7:00 LIVE MUSIC by Stolen Sheep, Big Bad Oven & The Wild Gifts
8:00 SILENT AUCTION all day/Raffle Drawing (between bands)
Later After-dark SHENANIGANS sponsored by Harpers Bike Shop


  • POPCORN all day
  • BEVERAGES provided by New Belgium and UBC
  • S’MORES by the fire / Camping Encouraged
  • Sunday Morning BREAKFAST Provided by TVB Sunday Morning


Help AMBC promote the Fall Festival – download the poster here and put it up at your place of business, car window, backside, whatever…


On-site parking is limited! If you’ve got a bike, please park at Anderson School (Centeroak Drive & Prospect Rd) or 6008 Burnett Creek Rd (where there’s plenty of overnight parking or camping) and ride in, sampling some of the Dirty South trails on the way. Trails will be marked and we’ll help get you out when it’s time to leave.

Don’t forget your lights!

See below or download a pdf of the Dirty South trails and parking locations here. Thanks to Alex Zendel for putting these maps together.