Bike-In Movies (In The Spirit of Roger Corman)

We started Indywood as an experiment in bringing back classic, neighborhood cinema.

Unfortunately, we’ve been shut down at the location we’ve been operating out of from the past year and a half—which gives us an opportunity to experiment with something new!

Do you remember drive-in movies?

We want to bring back the idea of the drive-in—but with a twist. In the twenty-first century, we don’t drive in—we bike in.

Not surprisingly, the golden age of drive-ins was also the golden age of the automobile in America. I think we might some day look back on our current epoch as the golden age of the bicycle in America.

Like the original drive-ins, we’re going to show independent films. But these days, “independent” means something new.

You probably associate drive-ins with B movies that you can “watch” while necking with your honey and not miss too many plot points. But drive-ins were the strongest distribution outlet for the America’s pioneering independent filmmakers.

Roger Corman, often called the “King of the B Movies,” was one of the most prolific independent film producers of all time. He directed 55 movies, produced 385, and, according to the title of his autobiography, he “never lost a dime” (that claim is not entirely true—he did lose money on the second film he made).

His financial independence—an anomaly in the history of indie filmmaking—was built on a network of drive-ins, which drew a constant churn of teenagers to see his films.

Corman eventually started his own studio, and helped launch the careers of the next generation of indie filmmakers, including Frances Ford Copolla, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Denis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, and even James Cameron (okay, maybe they didn’t all stay “indie”).

In the spirit of Corman, Indywood hopes to bring back the drive-in as a platform for independent film distribution.

But we want to adapt to the 21st century.

Instead of cars, we ride bikes.

Instead of B movies about monsters chasing large-breasted women, we show local documentaries and thoughtful foreign films.

But the idea is the same: Indywood is hitting the road! We’re going to bring you a cornucopia of indie films at a variety of cool locations around New Orleans.

Who knows, maybe the bike-in screenings will take off and provide a new, dynamic platform for indie film distribution.

Our first bike-in screening is going to be extra special, because you can bring your dog! We might call it a “bark-in” screening.

We’re going to show White God—a Hungarian film about stray dogs rising up in revolt—at the dog park behind the Bark Market (3041 N Rampart St.) on Friday, June 26 at sundown. Doors open at 7:30.

Tickets are $7 (including a folding chair) and $5 if you bring your own chair/blanket.

Note: For, the sake of peace and health amongst our K-9 friends, we ask that all dogs be spayed or neutered and flee-free (we don’t want to introduce flees to the dog park). We will ask all dog owners to sign a release for their pup.

Come on out for a summer of bike-in movies!