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Drive-In Theater: Maura Brewer

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Tin Flats

1989 Blake Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90039

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RSVP mandatory for cars. Complimentary popcorn and iced tea.

Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30.

FLAX’s Drive-In Theater returns to Tin Flats for a new season of double features on the last Monday of the month from April to October.

We’ve invited six artists and a selected one of their films. Each artist then selects an additional film of his/her choice – a feature, a documentary, another artist’s video – echoing his/her work. Each month offers a new game of refraction and reflection through multiple lenses—from the artists’ screens to the cars’ windshields.

The screenings will include an informal discussion with the artists who are locally based or in residency.

Each screening has eight spots available for cars, which must be reserved in advance. No reservation is required for open seating area outside of cars.

Screenings will begin after dark and includes complimentary popcorn and iced tea.

Monday, October 28
Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm
Maura Brewer, The Surface of Mars, 2016 (12 min) and Rodney Ascher, Room 237, 2012 (102 min)
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Room 237 trailer

The Surface of Mars is a 2016 video essay that takes Ridley Scott’s 2015 film The Martian as a site of analysis. Combining appropriated footage, animation and voiceover narration, The Surface of Mars follows the actress Jessica Chastain, who plays the supporting role of Commander Melissa Lewis. The video compares Chastain’s character in The Martian to her work in two other films, Kathryn Bigelow’s 2012 film Zero Dark Birthday and Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. In each of these films, Chastain plays a similar type: a high-achieving career woman who is dedicated to the pursuit of a non-romantic male counterpart, from Osama Bin Laden to Matt Damon. In each case, Chastain’s role within the film speaks the language of popular feminism; her talent and work ethic has propelled her into a successful career in a male dominated field. She makes choices that drive the forward action of the plot. But Chastain’s superficial agency within the film is undermined by the institutions and structures that she operates within and on behalf of, from the state (the CIA, NASA) to her father (the CIA, NASA.) Jessica Chastain is always acting, but never under her own power.

Room 237 is a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.

https://flaxfoundation.org/initiative/drive-in-theater-newseason/.

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