The 2020 BendFilm Pop-Up Drive-In Series is presented in collaboration with Lay It Out Events and Deschutes Brewery. Premiere Sponsors are Home Systems Solutions, Combined Communications, Garner Group, Peak Transportation, Sounds Fast, Subaru of Bend and Top Shelf Medicine.
The 2020 Outdoor Tin Pan Alley screenings are presented in collaboration with Home System Solutions.
DVD and Blu Ray media for these programs are donated by Blockbuster Video Bend. (Yes, the “Last Blockbuster in the Universe!”)
Come celebrate summer with your friends at a safe physical distance and enjoy films uniquely suited for outdoor viewing from the comforts of your car at the BendFilm Pop-Up Drive-In. The drive-in is hosted at the corner of Shevlin-Hixon and Columbia near the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse. Gates will open at 7:30 PM and films will start just after dusk or roughly 8:45 PM.
Tickets can be purchased on BendTicket.com.
2020 BendFilm Pop-Up Drive-In Movies:
An American Ascent directed by George Potter and Andrew Adkins
Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24
An American Ascent documents the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali aka Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of 20,237ft Denali, nine African-American climbers try to shed light on the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.
The Last Blockbuster by Taylor Morden and Zeke Kamm
Saturday July 25 & Friday July 31
World Premiere! – screening in Bend, Oregon for the first time ever!
The Last Blockbuster is a feature length documentary film about the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and how one small town store managed to outlast a corporate giant.
Note: This world premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Zeke Kamm and Taylor Morden as well as select members of the cast of the film. Plus, the screening is a chance to host a VHS / DVD Drive to benefit the world’s last Blockbuster! Bring your old dvds and vhs tapes to the screening to donate to help keep the world’s last Blockbuster afloat. A Blockbuster drop box will be on site for the premiere.
Jurassic Park directed by Steven Spielberg
Saturday August 1
In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Rebuilding Paradise directed by Ron Howard
Friday August 7
On November 8, 2018, a raging wildfire swept through Northern California, engulfing the historic town of Paradise, destroying homes and claiming the lives of more than 80 people. With its ecology, a warming climate, and blunders by its largest utility company, California is the site of unprecedented natural disasters, including the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest blaze to date.
Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard follows several survivors who must decide whether to leave or remain in an area that has seen unimaginable devastation. It’s a compelling portrait of a community as they come to terms with Paradise lost, or elect to remain and rebuild from the ashes.
Note: A pre-film discussion will take place with Romy Mortensen from Brooks Resources Corporation, Kevin Larkin, District Ranger for the Deschutes National Forest, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, and a representative from the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project. Wildfire was here before us, and for Central Oregonians, an out-of-control wildfire threatens the values we care about and the forest itself. Hear about ways local groups are working together to reduce our risk and increase community and firefighter safety in the face of future wildfires.
Jaws directed by: Steven Spielberg
Saturday August 8
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
Maiden directed by Alex Holmes
Friday August 14
Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.
Back To The Future directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Saturday August 15
In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
Blood Road directed by Nicholas Schrunk
Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the site where Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was shot down in Laos more than 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit, while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.
Peanut Butter Falcon directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Saturday August 22
A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
The Art of Flight directed by Curt Morgan
Friday August 28
The Art of FLIGHT follows Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Jake Blauvelt, Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf, DCP and Pat Moore as they dream up new global adventures and progress the sport to unimaginable levels. Filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Alaska, Chile, Aspen, Patagonia, British Columbia and more, FLIGHT brings the viewer along for the perfect blend of adventure/travel drama and high-energy snowboarding action.
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story directed by Patrick Creadon
Saturday August 29
SKI BUM: THE WARREN MILLER STORY chronicles the life and times of the legendary filmmaker who, through his annual ski films and national tours which began in the early 1950’s, was a driving force in the development and promotion of the ski industry in America and throughout the world. Miller, who died last year at 93, sat months before his passing for his final interview. He reminisced about living off rabbit stew and sleeping in a teardrop trailer in his endless pursuit of the perfect ski run and he explained in great detail the challenges – both personal and professional – he faced over the course of his career. Ski Bum was the Opening Night film of the 2019 BendFilm Festival.
HOW IT WORKS:
Venue: Corner of Shevlin-Hixon Rd and Columbia next to the Deschutes Brewery facility
Time: parking lot opens at 7:00 PM, please arrive by 8:00 PM to get parked before the film rolls at dusk (roughly 8:30 PM)
Ticket Price: $35 per vehicle, space is limited to the first 110 vehicles.
Entry process: Please have your digital tickets uploaded on your phone or printed out to show parking staff upon entry to the Deschutes Brewery parking lot. Smaller cars will be parked in the first three rows with larger/taller cars or those with car top boxes in the back four rows.
Sound info: The movie audio for the drive-in will come through your radio via an FM transmitter. before you come to the drive-in please make sure you can “tune” your radio. This means, you can have a button (or knob) where you can manually fine tune your radio to a unique station.
If you don’t have that capability we will have a limited number of transistor radios on hand that can be rented and sent to your car if you need the audio support. We encourage you to bring a battery-operated radio with dial backup just in case
Screen/ picture quality: BendFilm gets a little nerdy about the presentation and quality of the picture so guests will enjoy the 900 lumen projector. The screen will be backlit and captivating!
Safety Guidelines: Please practice responsible physical distancing and stay in or next to your car during the film. Please wear a mask if you need to walk to leave your car.
- Each vehicle that is 21+ will receive a complimentary can of Deschutes Brewery beer. Deschutes Beer will also be sold on site.
- Dump City Dumplings, Famous Kettle Corn, & Bend Pizza Cart will be available for purchase
- Porta potties are available on site.
Capacity: 110 cars