I've been waiting to upload pictures of this, and now I'm ready to share my Guerilla Drive-In adventure.
Guerilla Drive-In, for the uninitiated, is a...I don't know if you'd call it a group, or an individual with a motorcycle, or even a movement, that projects 16mm films at secret locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Why are they secret? Because it makes it more fun. To get on the mailing list, you need to find The MacGuffin (this device is named after a concept used with great success by Hitchcock and Spielberg. It means, simply, the thing that the protagonist wants. It's the 39 Steps. It's the Ark of the Covenant. It's the Maltese Falcon. It exists to move the plot forward.) Guerilla Drive-In's MacGuffin is an AM transmitter that plays, when you find it, a secret message and (for now, at least) a cover of the theme song from "Brazil". I found it. And I'm sorry, I simply cannot tell you where it is. I think there might be some hints on their website. The guy who runs it projects the movies from the sidecar of his old BMW motorcycle:
When the movie ended, my friend Kirk and I talked about how all movies should be shown outside, with breaks between reels. I'm sure some people would say that destroys the illusion, that it takes you out of the world of the film, but I think with Guerilla Drive-In, the idea is that the world of the film is secondary to the environment you're viewing it in. You're not there to be wrapped up in the narrative; you're there to be wrapped up in being there.