The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3
Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Rod Amateau • 1976
What may appear at first glance to be a mere regional American Graffiti impersonator, hoping to nab some leftover dollars from that 1973 cash cow, is, in fact, a little-seen rowdy ode to movies, moviegoers, and small-town Texas weirdos. Directed by the decidedly not-Texan Rod Amateau (also responsible for the pile of gross that is The Garbage Pail Kids Movie) and penned by Bob Peete (known for his writing on “Good Times”), Drive-In is a frenetic mess of characters and plotlines all crashing into one another eventually at The Alamo, a local drive-in screening “Disaster 76” (possibly the greatest action film never made). Energized by a soundtrack of nonstop country hits and swarming with mostly unknown Texan actors – though some may recognize character actors Trey Wilson, Bill McGhee, or future Playboy Bunny Ashley Cox – you may ask after the credits roll, “What actually happened in this film?” The answer is both nothing and everything. Complete with an attempted robbery, a hostage situation, a minor teenage feminist awakening, not one but two vans filled with delinquent teen gang members, and a gasp-inducing scene at the local roller rink, this film, to use the local parlance (as one must), “is busier than a belly dancer with a case of crabs.” (RL)
96 min • Columbia Pictures • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
Short: McQ: A Condensation (Unknown Artist, c. 1974) – 18 min – 35mm
Friday, September 20 @ 7 PM / Cinema Borealis
16mm FILM PROJECTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
As a prelude to our 16mm projection workshop, CFS presents a selection of films shot and finished on 16mm within the past five years. “16mm Film Projection in the 21st Century” represents a wide range of workflows and aesthetics and includes films from North America and Europe, showcasing the beauty and possibilities of the medium.
Program to be followed by an informal discussion on film exhibition in the 21st Century.
A Distant Episode (Ben Rivers, 2015) 18 min – 16mm Scope
26 Pulse Wrought – Vol 1 (Andrew Busti, 2014) 3 min – 16mm
Prima Materia (Charlotte Pryce, 2015) 3 min – 16mm
Travel Stop (Mike Gibisser, 2018) 16 min – 16mm
The Sounding Lines Are Obsolete (John Price, 2009) – 10 min – 16mm
The Masked Monkeys (OJOBOCA, 2015) 30 min – 16mm
Programmed by Nicholas Rey of L’Abominable and filmprojection21 and Kevin Rice of Process Reversal.
Admission is free for workshop attendees, suggested $10 donation for members of the public.