What to Watch this Week: Start Your Engines with Local Drive-In Screenings!

. September 24, 2020.
Drive-in Theater
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We have only one more week left in September, but there are a few one-of-a-kind drive-in and online screenings you’ll want to catch as we head into October. Here are a few of the upcoming shows and how to catch them!

Cinema Detroit

Cinema Detroit, Detroit Freep Film Festival, and The Film Lab Detroit are presenting a drive-in screening of the March for Our Lives documentary, Us Kids. Us Kids premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and will include a live introduction from director Kim A. Snyder and special guests. The documentary follows the students who lead the March For Our Lives protest, the largest youth protest in American History, and their attempt to change gun violence in schools.

This special one night only screening will be held at the Herman Kiefer Complex on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15.00 and can be bought here

Ethics and Aesthetics presents Growing Our Souls – A Drive-In Event sponsored by Detroit Narrative Agency and Cinema Detroit. This year’s theme, Growing Our Souls, is for, by, and about girls, women, and feminine-of-center people. Preceding the program will be short features by Detroiters and other Michigan residents that address both the pandemic and anti-Black violence happening. Tickets are $10.00 per person and children under 10 are free! 

This event takes place on Friday, September 25 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets can be bought online here.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

October 1, Ann Arbor Film Festival is joining the ranks of film series headed for the drive-in! Ann Arbor Film Festival will feature 10 + of its best experimental and avant-garde films from the 58 th AAFF. There are only 22 spots available, so hurry and get your tickets! 

Tickets are available here and it only costs $25.00 per car. The drive-in will be held at Weber’s Ann Arbor parking lot at 3050 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. Gates open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm.

In addition, AAFF is offering a free online screening of Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO on their website. VON LMO is a musician/artist and self-proclaimed alien hybrid, who was a part of the late ’70s New York art and music scene. Between his life on planet earth and his home planet of Strazar, VON LMO fills in filmmaker Lori Felker on his very real time in jail and the streets of New York City in the 1970s. Felker translates VON LMO’s Future Language for earthlings and audiences across the galaxy, finding herself pulled into the vortex of VON LMO’s fascinating story. This documentary, originally shown at the AAFF in 2018, is available for free through October 6, 2020.

Be sure to catch a screening of Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO here.


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