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Back to the Drive-in

USA 2022
produced by
April Wright, Brad Buhr (executive), Bryanna Sapp (executive), Ryan Bury (executive), James Andrew Felts (executive) for Noisy Bird, MPX
directed by April Wright
starring D. Edward Vogel, Sean Forney, Ken Adam, Jennifer Miller, Brian Edward Smith, Rod Saunders, Donna Saunders, Martin Murray, Marsha Murray, Brittany Murray, Adam Murray, Dwight Grimm, Leigh Van Shall, Ben Harroun, Will Harroun, Nora Harroun, Erika Painter, Frank Huttinger, Jenny Karls, Jeff Karls, Max Karls, Wes Karls, Rick Cohen, John Vincent jr
written by April Wright, music by Chris Wormer


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Drive-ins, I'm afraid to say, have long been a dying breed. After a peak in popularity in the 1950s, they have received hit after hit to their business model, from widespread colour TV to multiplexes, from the VHS revolution to streaming, and yet a few drive-ins across the US have weathered the storm, some have even re-opened or were even opened for the first time in recent years - none of them as a get-rich-quick scheme but as a labour of love. And while all the indoor theatres were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic drive-ins actually experienced an uptick in attendance due to their unique combination of privacy and shared experience - and that's even despite the fact that there weren't even any new films out during the height of the era. Attendance has unfortunately fallen again post-pandemic, and frankly, to run a drive-in in this day and age is a labour of love ...


... and this is where this documentary succeeds so admirably, in not just shedding a light tinged in nostalgia on drive-ins but portraying the trials and tribulations that today's drive-in promoters go through in a pretty much daily basis to keep their places running, and what it takes out of them for a comparatively modest gain. And this documentary paints a rather solid picture on that topic via very honest portrayals of several drive-ins around the nation, and even if not all of it is 100% favourable or optimistic, it's almost certainly to make one want to go watch a movie at a drive in at least once - at least that's true with me, and I don't even own a car and Austria, Europe, doesn't even have much of a drive-in tradition ...


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review © by Mike Haberfelner


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