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‘A Night at the Drive-in' aims to promote multiculturalism on film


Agence France-Presse

 /  Tue, June 30, 2020  /  09:04 pm
‘A Night at the Drive-in' aims to promote multiculturalism on film

Actor Michael B. Jordan speaks with Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, February 5, 2019. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

From July 1 to Aug. 26, 10 films will be re-screened across the United States in open-air cinemas, thanks to Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s production company.

The selection aims to promote multicultural stories in film. The initiative, known as “A Night at the Drive in” won’t cost local communities a cent.

Starting on July 1, Americans will be able to rediscover films like Black Panther or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Get Out on the big screen and in an outdoor setting.

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These projections have been made possible through a collaboration between Amazon Studios and Outlier Society, the production company of Michael B. Jordan. The cinematic event “A Night at the Drive in” will feature a committed program across five categories, screened throughout the summer.

On July 1, moviegoers will have a date with “movies to make you fall in love,” notably Love & Basketball and Crazy Rich Asians; on July 15, it’s “movies to make you proud” (Black Panther and Creed); July 29, there is “movies to inspire your inner child” (Hook and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse); Aug. 12 is for “movies to make you open your eyes” (Do The Right Thing and Get Out); and finally on Aug. 26, “movies to make you laugh” (Coming To America and Girls Trip).

“When Michael and our friends at Outlier proposed this idea, we instantly agreed there was no better time to celebrate these inspired films featuring diverse stories while bringing communities together to share in the experience,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Drive-in theaters offer a unique experience in that they provide an inspiring and joyful communal experience while still maintaining safe social distance.”

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