Brainwash Movie Festival Drive-In: Back and Weirder Than EverMandela Village Arts Center (1357 5th St. Oakland, CA 94607)
- Full Price:
- $10.00 - $72.00
- Our Price:
- FREE - $35.00*
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The last date listed for Brainwash Movie Festival was Sunday September 23, 2012 / 8:00pm.
Goldstar Member Tips
Eat at the taco truck!
If you're not driving-in, bring something to sit on.
8 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Sep 14 2011
I didn't know what to expect at The Brainwash Movie Festival, but I was very happy I went. Pluses: ALL the movies were good to excellent, the sound system was excellent, and included being able to tune in on our car radio, so we could close the windows and reduce the BART and auto noise. We were able to see the screen clearly. It was also fun to rate each movie to determine the "audience favorite", to be posted later on the website.
Two food trucks were on-site, which was a large parking lot in East Oakland. FYI: no alcohol was sold on-site, so we went over to 7th St. to the local liquor store, about 2 blocks. Being right next to BART made us feel safer in this somewhat sketchy neighborhood.
Attendance was very low, about 30 people, and I wished that better marketing had brought more people out to this fun, funky, entertaining and very Oaklandish event. The producers, who screen and judge what to show, are dedicated and merit wider audiences and recognition.
Minuses: I had gotten map directions, but it was still hard to find the location, because the sign at the entrance didn't say anything about the Brainwash festival. A very faded sign on the side of the building, way above eye level, didn't help.
However, once in, all went smoothly, the hosts were friendly, and the program started reasonable close to 9pm. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Written on Sep 12 2011
Get to the location by any means, find a comfortable spot, stay warm, and watch the films. The films were an assortment of genres and topics, hit and miss for me. I got the impression that there would be a variety of food trucks, but eventually 2 showed up later than expected (and implied in the advertising) which was a bummer since I had planned on that being my dinner.
Written on Sep 12 2011
It got pretty chilly when the sun went down. Tacos were very good - fish, shrimp & steak. $2 each or $1.5 for steak & chicken. Each were pretty filling since it had a slice of avocado & a dollop of rice. The random rain that visited only lasted about 5 minutes. Bathrooms are behind the screen to the door on the right, after going up the walk ramp. Dog friendly. People & crew were nice. They started on time at 9pm.
Written on Sep 12 2011
The Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Brainwash Movie Festival was a great time. A throw-back to an era many people miss/missed. I went with my girlfriend, and she had never been to a drive-in before, so we drove- even though we live just blocks away. I was glad of it though, as it got pretty chilly, so it was a bonus to be inside. The movies were very fun, we had no idea what sort of time frame we were looking at, but with, I think, around 8-10 films on the roster, we were still out of there by 11:30. And we got to meet one of the film makers, who had used a composer that we knew. Small world.
As it was the 17th annual Brainwash Film Festival, I will definitly keep my eyes open for this next year!
More Information About Brainwash Movie Festival
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out the full festival lineup.
The 18th annual festival kicks off on September 15th at 8:00pm with popular local food trucks, music by Bekah Barnett, urban minstrel and Head Trip, John Law & Fletcher Fleudujon’s adventure doc (?) about a cruise with the Cyclecide bus hauling three Doggie Diner Dogheads across country from San Francisco to New York City, preceded by the short movie Surviving Your Bear Attack. Movies start at 9:00pm.
On September 21st and 22nd, food vendors will open for business and Bekah will start singing at 8:00pm, and each unique 90 minute show of original short movies will start at 9:00pm. In addition, Sunday, September 23rd features, of course, an all-show tribute to Jesus, starting with our own Jesus Festival Trailer, followed by the short Loaded Paradise and a remarkable feature from Louisiana (the other LA) Trailer Park Jesus. You won’t want to miss it!
“Brainwash has a great mix of original humor, experimental art movies, innovative animation, and short live-action stories with high production values, and some new surprises in 2012,” notes 2011 festival judge Jason Gohlke. “The moviemakers are unique and skillful storytellers. You don’t want to miss Brainwash this year.”
This year the festival returns to 1357 5th St (Mandela Village Arts Center), which means intrepid moviegoers can drive in, bike in, walk in, or take BART in to the festival. The movies will be projected on an outdoor screen, and the soundtrack will be available through your FM stereo (as well as played on amplifiers). “It’s a lot of fun, or my name isn’t Shelby Toland,” claims Toland. “Also, bring your favorite chair!”
About the Ticket Supplier: Brainwash Movies
The movies shown at the Brainwash Movie Festival are a great mix of original humor, experimental art movies, innovative animation, and short live-action stories with high production values. The moviemakers are unique and skillful storytellers, and the movies themselves pack a real punch into anywhere from 5 to 18 minutes. This year, we will feature a love story set in a post-global warming dystopia, a science-fiction period piece set in 1972, a six-minute Japanese historical epic comedy, and many more.