At The Drive In PDX successfully completed its summer programming on August 20th 2015.
As proposed, At The Drive In was a four part film/ live performance series spanning 6 weeks in the summer of 2015. Each evening was curated by a different local art focused institution.
The first Night of performance/screening was hosted by the group Weird Fiction. In typical Weird Fiction fashion, it started out with a strange presentation. A fictitious media archaeologist named Irving Bleak gave a lip synced lecture on the relevancy of the film being screened while Da Video Tape created a visual display of live edited video content that was shown on several CRT televisions. Weird followed by weird, David Chronenberg’s film Videodrome was screened.The 50-60 people in attendance were awestruck by the intensity of the film they thought they had seen years ago but never did. You would have remembered seeing that strange movie. A small collection of art cars were in attendance to add to the weirdness.
The Second screening two weeks later was hosted by the Group BCCTV. They screened several shorts created over the last year in collaboration with people who have or are currently experiencing homelessness. As their live component, they created a film from scratch, plot and all, throughout the evening. Conceived, written and filmed before the first video was on the big screen, the crew edited the short while the audience watched the program. The newly made short was screened as the last film in the series. Audience members were excited to see themselves on the big screen as part of the film they shot just hours before. Attendance was about 80 people.
The third night was hosted by the store Francis May. The film screened was the somewhat cultish film, One crazy Summer. For that screening, there was a giant green lawn made out of painted cardboard created for comfort and to give the parking lot a bit of a face lift. As an interactive component, FM set up a bank of TV’s that rotated through images uploaded to a hashtag that was relevant to a part of the film. #fmfacefreeze has a few remaining images lurking on the web somewhere. The attendance was about 180 people. adults, kids and pets.
The final screening was hosted by The Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA) They took the opportunity to make the screening a celebration of three years of programming. The opening act was a performance by the group Grand Style Orchestra. An old fashioned liquid light show made for a groovy backdrop to the interesting instrumental and dance performance. Wanting the crowd to have a feel good experience for the birthday party, PMOMA chose The Original Muppet Movie to be screened. Making use of the green lawn Francis May made for the previous screening, a giant Kermit head was easily constructed from the left over pieces. The estimated attendance was roughly 230 people. And there was a birthday cake!
All four screenings, had a sensible snack bar / lounge that was close by for guests to quench their thirsts and satisfy their movie going needs.
Popcorn, ice cream and hot dogs were available for those needing to munch and watch. An outdoor bathroom with sink was also available. Each host received an honorarium for their efforts. Each night brought its own fan club but there were some regulars who kept coming back because they enjoyed the experience of watching a free outdoor movie while learning about local artists and art spaces. Many asked about next year’s programming. We will see…