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FLAX’s "Drive-In Theater" Returns

Image provided by Arnaud Dezoteux

In Dark Meta Reeves, Arnaud Dezoteux makes the ultimate fan dream–the fantasy which powers fanfiction and fan art in general–come true: going down in history.” -- Jill Gasparina

France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) presents Drive-In Theater: New Season, a FLAX Project, at Tin Flats, an artist-run space in Los Angeles. Drive-In Theater: New Season consists of double features which are played on the last Monday of each month from April until October. Each month, FLAX invites an artist who is locally based or is in residency to present one of their films, in addition to another film they have selected that relates to their own video.

By incorporating the secondary video, Drive-In Theater: New Season is able to refract and reflect different perspectives through multiple lenses. Specifically, from the artists’ screens to the cars’ windshields.

For April’s event, FLAX invited Smith, a FLAX resident and grantee of the Etant Donnés Residency by FACE Foundation, who showed his film called Traum and selected to include Jindrich Polák’s IKARIE XB1 (Voyage to the End of the Universe). The night focused on the themes of traveling in outer space and the hazards that come with it.   

The second screening was held on May 20, featuring French artist Armaud Dezoteux’s film Dark Meta Reeves, which centered on the theme of mainstream cultures and the American movies that shape them. For his film, Arnaud Dezoteux was particularly interested in the fandom surrounding Keanu Reeves. In Dark Meta Reeves, the main actor is Gavin, an American fan specialist of Keanu Reeves, who gets implanted with his idol within movies excerpts. 

The next screening will take place on June 24, 2019. For this event, they will display French artist Mona Varichon's film No I was thinking of life (2018) and Hervé Guibert's La Pudeur et l’impudeur (1990-1991, Rated R). Mona Varichon will be present this evening. 

Each screening will include an informal discussion with the artists and have up to eight spots available for cars. In order to reserve these spots in advance, tickets for car spots will be released at the beginning of each month on FLAX’s website. For those who will not be inside a car, no reservation is required for open seating area outside of cars.

The time for each event varies as the screenings will begin after dark. In order to know when the event will begin, please refer to FLAX’s website for updates on times as the event may start later as the days get longer. 

Each screening includes complimentary popcorn and iced tea. All screenings are FREE, but make sure to RSVP in advance as there is a limited capacity.

 

Armaud Dezoteux's screening was presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, as part of their artistic season Ceci n’est pas...

This FLAX Project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the FLAX Creative Circle including The Skylark Foundation, Arthur Forney, Olga Garay English and John Mark Horton.

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