Bay Areaâ€™s own Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk In movie festival features original shorts from around the world
June 12, 2008
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Contact: Shelby Toland, 415-273-1545
The New York Times says the Brainwash Movie Festival â€œpirat[es] a piece of that old Hollywood magic and challeng[es] conventions on the role of public space in the process.â€ (â€œNow Playing, a Digital Brigadoon,â€ 7/29/04, Chris Thompson)
â€œWe show movies on a big sail in West Oakland,â€ counters festival director Shelby Toland.
The sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes wacky, but always original Brainwash Movie Festival returns in the summer of 2008 for a slightly darker, perhaps more macabre engagement than in previous years.
Attendees to the festival are encouraged to either drive, bike, walk, or take public transit to the venue — a parking lot near the West Oakland BART station — where movies are screened in traditional drive-in movie theater fashion, complete with FM transmission and a full-service concession stand.
For two nights, the fully juried festival will screen original shorts such as Heartless, FilmdogTM, Hotel Paradiso, Mercury Men, and Amor Peligrosa, among dozens of others.
â€œBrainwash is always an experience worth having,â€ notes longtime volunteer and first-time judge Jason Gohlke. â€œThereâ€™s no better way to see a truly unique assemblage of short movies you might never have had the chance to see, and may never see again.â€
The 2008 14th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival will be held July 25th and 26th at 9:00 p.m., at the Mandela Village Arts Center (Alliance for West Oakland Development), 1357 5th St., Oakland, California, USA.