Little 500 film to be shown at YES

For those without a chance to catch the classic two-day Little 500 bike race in Bloomington, deemed the world’s “Greatest College Weekend,” a film about the event will be shown locally at YES Cinema Monday.

The 2015 documentary, “One Day in April,” follows four teams through the 2013 and 2014 races and captures “the blood, sweat and gears” of the experience, according to IU alumnus Tom Miller, who has coordinated a Midwestern tour of the release.

Months of hard work ends in glory for some and heartbreak for others, with the women’s race 4 p.m. Friday and the men’s race 2 p.m. Saturday.

“What I want for the film is for it to live as this portrait of youth in the Midwest, and that it would give people who’ve never experienced Little 5 some insight to what makes it so special,” Miller said.

It has been featured in the Heartland Film Festival, Indy Film Festival and Cinequest film festival. YES is at Fourth and Jackson streets in Columbus.

The film made its theatrical debut in April 2015 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington to a sold-out audience.

The work will be digitally released Friday, according to a news release. Proceeds from the $10-per-person ticket sales will go to the One Day In April Scholarship Fund, created for IU students interested in making films.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.