Capital City Film Festival hosts weekend drive-in film event

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Though it is still unable to make a return in its full-scale glory, Capital City Film Festival is still valiantly hosting the coolest events it possibly can. The eclectic indie film screening party is putting together another weekend drive-in and walk-up shindig in downtown Lansing at the northwest corner of Capitol Avenue and Washtenaw Street across the street from the Knapp’s Centre. 

This time around, attendees have four double bill shows that are being screened Thursday through Sunday to choose from. There are two free screenings each night at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The parking lot has approximately 50 spaces for cars and attendees are also invited to watch the films outside of a vehicle on lawn chairs. 

The original 10th anniversary of Capital City Film Festival was initially scheduled for April 2020 and has since gone through several pushbacks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It would’ve been the festival’s biggest event to date, with a proposed lineup of more than 100 films for attendees to choose from and several concerts booked at Mac’s Bar and The Avenue Café that featured national headlining talent across several genres. 

Though not quite as massive, Capital City Film Festival co-founder and organizer Dominic Cochran believes an extended weekend of eight drive-in and walk-up film screenings at a downtown parking lot should still easily prove to be a fun time. 

“The interesting thing about this lineup is that it’s even more curated that our typical festival. Our acceptance rate is already pretty competitive: We get 300 or 400 film submissions every year and we trim them down to the best,” Cochran said. “When we have 10 days and several venues, we have a lot of film blocks. This one is truly the best of the best because we only have eight blocks. We really worked it down with the selection committee. We’re really excited about these films.”

The eight films on the lineup tackle a variety of styles, from the multi-generational familial drama present in “The Lion Rock” to the bombastic musical comedy of “Electric Jesus,” which happens to star Brian Baumgartner — best known for his role as Kevin in “The Office.” 

A handful of anthologies will also be present this weekend. Thursday’s 7 p.m. show is the “Drive-in Episodic Program,” a mixtape of episodic pilots and programs that “breakout from the tropes and molds of modern American television.” A playlist of short films, the “Drive-in Short Block,” will be screened at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Capping off the mini-festival at 9:30 p.m. Sunday is a collection of music videos and animations, “Drive-in Music Videos and Animations.”

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