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The Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie festival Announces the 23rd Annual Festival 2017 Program!!!

July 21, 22, 28 & 29/2017 @  Nimby,  8410 Amelia St., Oakland, CA, USA. All shows 9:00 pm.

Adm.: $15 ea. per show at the door.

$12ea., festival pass – $30 for all four shows @ Universe logo


Friday, July 21, 2017

Hell  No! – Sally Richardson/Dave Krzysik

Where Have The Flowers Gone – Sin-Hong Chan*

The Heart of a Nation – Doug Birnbaum

Impervia – Patrick Devaney

Living  Limbo – Paul Aumoeualogo

Regis #2 – Reny Masseglia

Backstage at the O – Olga Wilhelmine

Mostly Useless – Connor O’Rourke

StalkerZ – Damien Patrik

Spies – Katarzyna Kochany


Saturday, July 22, 2017

All The World’s A Stage – Hannes Rall*

Interior Night – Al Watt


Friday, July 28, 2017

Outside the Box – Steve Segal

Solved – Michael Bartolomeo

Pizza  Face – Justin Ulloa/Jamie Dwyer

Hell  No! – Sally Richardson/Dave Krzysik

Cab Elvis – Andrew Franks*

Wait  Wait  Wait – Emma Penaz Eisner

Shout at the Ground – Leela Menon

What Price Freedom: The History of Apocalypse Cartoons – Dean Packis


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lily Hits The Road – The Bum Family

Bien Mal À Qui!? – Daniel Jenny

Panic Attack! – Eileen O’ Meara

The Return – Hamid Reza/Mazrae Khatiri

An Exquisite Task – Beck Underwood

Seventy – Robert Belinoff

My Friend – Kate McCabe

Luis and the Others – Christophe Daci

Catch the Wind – Paul Aumoeualogo

The Blue Jet – Lawrence  Lam

Awards Presentation


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jackson Bolt – a’Ali de Sousa


*Courtesy Aug & Ohr Agency


Posted on May 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

The Brainwash 2016 22nd Annual Movie Festival Winners!

Announcing The 22nd Annual Brainwash Drive/In-Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival Winners:

The First Prize Award winner: Dance of the Neurons – Jody Oberfelder

2nd Grand Prize: High Signs – Damien Patrik

Third Prize Award: Head – Stav Levi

Fourth Prize: Clyde’s Game – William Howard

Fifth: “Ahavot Be’kitsur/Short Love – Yaron Yarkoni

The Audience Choice AND Best Feature Film Awards: Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs – Justin Gaar/Carlos de los Rios


Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Award Winners, Top of Brain


Montclair Village Hosts “Oakland’s Short, Short Film Festival”
presented by Red Oak Realty and Crown Wine & Spirits
Friday, September 9, 2016
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Red Oak Realty Parking Lot
6450 Moraga Ave. Oakland

Red Oak Realty Outdoor Cinema is expanding the summer movie series with the first ever OAKLAND SHORT, SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. These 10 short films are focused on life in Oakland. Filmmakers will be in attendance as the shorts are shown outdoors on a fifty foot screen. The film fest is FREE to the public and is family-friendly.
Sponsored by The Montclair Village Association, Red Oak Realty and Crown Wine & Spirits, the film festival will focus on social insights relevant to a changing Oakland and highlighting the work of local filmmakers. The festival features an array of genres from documentary to art, animation, and fiction.
Documentaries from Oakland’s Camp Reel Stories. A non-profit, Camp Reel empowers 13-18 year old young women with the skills to create their own media, view current media critically and thoughtfully and aspire to leadership in their field. And they deliver great storytelling, too.
Film veteran, Pixar and Disney alumnus, and Academy Award nominee Jim Capobianco will show his independent film and animated short Leonardo. Jim was a writer on The Lion King and Ratatouille, and is currently completing production of the full-length version of his short with Disney.

The festival will also feature curated selections from the 2016 Brainwash Movie Festival including Reid Hemsing’s The Morning Ride, Jody Oberfelder’s art expose, Dance of Neurons, and Phil D’Asaro’s Death of Del Paso, the turn-around story of a not too distant city.

“There is so much great filmmaking talent in the area. Thanks to the support of Crown Wine & Spirits and Red Oak Realty, we were able to put together a fun and thought-provoking collection of short films,” said Daniel Swafford, Executive Director of the Montclair Village Association.
Some of the filmmakers and producers will be in attendance for a brief Q&A. The OAKLAND SHORT, SHORT FILM FESTIVAL will showcase 10 short movies projected outdoors beginning at dark. Bring your chair and a blanket, enjoy the Montclair Village community of restaurants and make it a night out!

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 1:39 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

The 22nd Annual Brainwash

Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival

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Friday July 22, 2016  9: 00PM

Head – Stav Levi

The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque – Boris Kozlov

Dance of the Neurons – Jody Oberfelder

Honk! Honk! – Lars Fuchs

“Ahavot” Be’Kitsur / Short Love – Yaron Yarkoni

River – Stephanie Maxwell

The Morning Ride – Reid Hemsing

High Signs – Damien Patrik

Yo Soy Pedro – Inconstant Jordan


Saturday July 23, 2016  9: 00PM

The Panty Symphonic – Zach Strum

Little Red Riding Hood – Stephane Guenin

Death of Del Paso – Phil D’Asaro

An Ape Walk Into a Bar: A True Story – Eric Maierson

The Red Card – Dana Brawer

Dark Queen – Dave Reda

Filament, Filament, Filament – Brandon Doherty

Bubble – Alexander Moss

Clyde’s Game – William Howard


Friday July 29, 2016  9: 00PM

Lilly Gets a Pet – Xstine Cook

Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs – Justin Gaar


Saturday July 30, 2016  9: 00PM

Chénmò de péngyǒu / Silent Friends – Rachel Meyers

This is Not a Love Song – Ursula Ellis

The Devil’s Argument – Peter VanOosting

Twinsburg – Joe Garrity

We’ll Get It – Michael Nardelli

The Ride – Waylon Bacon

Artemis – Heather Freeman

Blotch Murder – Serge Goldwicht

Escape – Rachel Meyers



to our judges – Kamala Stuart, Neil Kaplan & Dave Krzysik,

our sponsors – Ink Tip, East Bay Express & Jungle Software





Posted on July 11, 2016 at 8:36 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Brainwash Movies, Top of Brain

The 21st Brainwash Festival Winners:

The First Prize Award winner: Predatory Lender – Jim Meyer

2nd Grand Prize: Advanced Doodling – Mike Cantor

Third Prize Award: Dirdy Birdy – John Dillworth

Fourth Prize: Helio – Teddy Cecil

Fifth: Coppersmith – Taylor Mosley

The Audience Choice Award: Directors On Directing – Damien Patrik

More to come online in our Awards Presentation show on the Brainwash Movies’ Big Weird Time broadcast series, so stay tuned!

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Brainwash Movies, Top of Brain

Land Action Movie festival!

At the Omni Oakland Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California. Sunday, May 15th, 6:00pm.

Liberated Lens in collaboration with the Land Action 4 hosts 2 days of films, workshops and fun!! Bay Area social justice, activist organizations will be sharing their knowledge and experience throughout the festival and holding hands on activities in between the films.

Our selection of films connects the dots between local land/housing movements and global land struggle. The histories of these other campaigns illuminate the successes and setbacks we’re experiencing now in our own city. Globally, massive popular movements have taken principled action in pursuit of fundamental human rights and have thereby forced their governments to compromise. We make the case that direct action is still productive and relevant, and that we should fight to ensure that direct action remains legal in the Bay Area.

After each screening, there will be a Q&A with the directors, activists, and folx involved with the film.

6 pm – Dinner and Drinks, BYOB
6:15 – “Homefulness: The Struggle,The Vision, The Poor-People Led Revolution”
6:30 – Homefulness Q&A with Tiny Gray-Garcia of POOR magazine
6:45 – “Shelter: A Squatumentary”
7:30 – Shelter Q&A with members of Hellarity House
7:45 – stretch and mingle, + Homes Not Jails workshop (hands-on!!)
8:00 – “The Story of the MST: Parts I-III”
8:30 – MST-Landless Workers Movement Q&A with Friends of the MST Gustavo Oliveira
8:45 – stretch and mingle, Homes Not Jails workshop (you got it!! hands on)
9:00 – “Table Bed Chair: a documentary about the squatter scene of Amsterdam”
9:30 – Closing with Land Action 4

Attending Organizations:
Northern California People’s Housing Union
East Bay Homes Not Jails
Land Action
Friends of the MST
Permaculture Action Tour
POOR Magazine
Occupy the Farm
Tiny House Builders Contingent
-Marcus Owens of CAMO Projects

The Film Fest is a BYOB, Bar is TBD
Suggested donation for movies, free popcorn, workshops and shenanigans: $5-$25, NOTAFLOF!
Dinner provided by our favorite catering collective, Dos Manos! It’s gonna be delish! Price and menu pending (:

This is another fundraiser for the legal defense of the Land Action 4. We are currently about $500 away from paying back Patrick Xu’s bail and we will keep fundraising for future court fees.

Our first hearing is May 20th:

SF BayView interview with Patrick Xu:

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 12:15 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

Special Brainwash Retro show @ Nimby!

A special free movie night in the Nimby gallery Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 7:00pm.


A quick look back at our July 19th, 2013 show of selected shorts:

American Ubiquity – David Sutera

We Bought a Ghost – R. & M Etheridge

When I Met Dottie – The Bum Family

Consignment – Justin Hannah

Bob Hope – Careen Ingle

Car Alarm-B-Gone – Bill Ross

Day of the Spectre – Chris Peters

A Stroll Through the Park: An Asbury Symphony – Sage Seb

Space Out – Aidan Fraser

Kayip – Mete Sozer


Nimby is located at 8410 Amelia Street in Oakland, CA, off of 85th Avenue.

All are welcome!

Brainwash Movies:

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Posted on February 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

The 21st Brainwash Movie Festival Program!

A plethora of weird, unusual and just plain great short and feature movies, this year again promises to be worthy of the culmination of 21 years of fine movies for audience enjoyment and edification from Brainwash. Witness, also, the settings: Nimby, the original DIY industrial art space in Oakland, and the Palace, one of the grand old theaters from the Golden Ages of Cinema.

Friday, July 24th, 2015 @ Nimby:

Cine Drive-In – Cinema Sob o Céu – Claudio Moraes

Ein Mercedes für Sierra Leone – Robert Fuhrmann

Arcadia – Rick Fisher

Directors on Directing – Damien Patrik

Eclissi – Tygh Runyan

M-Theory – TL Westgate

N’kisi Concorde – Nikki Sass

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 @ Nimby:

aWake – Chris Harper

Coppersmith – Taylor Mosley

Alcachofas piraña del abismo prehistoric – Javier Lozano Sánchez

September Sketch Book – Ronnie Cramer

Helio – Teddy Cecil

Sweet Nothings – Valerian Zamel

Advanced Doodling – Mike Cantor

On my way to NYC! – Mélanie Duault

Tete Noise, an interview in Tbilisi / Georgia – Virginie Thérèse Colombe

Corto – Alexis de Vigan

Oak and Scott: Pausing at High Speed – Sinem Yilanci

Ocean – Stephanie Maxwell


Fri., July 31st @ the Palace Theater:

The Dirdy Birdy – Redux – John Dillworth

Being Dennis – Trish Sie

Dennis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Michael Nardelli

I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently – Lyn Elliot

Lilly’s Big Day – Xstine Cook/The Bum Family

Seventy Percent – Scott Campbell

Predatory Lender – Jim Meyer

Sat., Aug. 1st @ the Palace Theater:

The Bag – Phil Snyder

In the Course of Human Events (excerpt from City Symphony II) – Dominic Angerame

Advanced Doodling – Mike Cantor

G – Johnathan Ritter

Persistence of Vision – Scott Campbell

Atlantic Right Side Up – Katarzyna Kochany

And It Was Good – Graham Waterston

Cable Movie Classics Presents Fair Shake – Johnathan Ritter

Ballot Trailers

Awards Ceremony

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 8:53 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

The 20th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival Award Winners!

The First Prize Award winner: A Farewell To Arm Phil and Robert M. Snyder

2nd Grand Prize: November – Eric Esser

Third Prize Award: Do What You Love – Katarzyna Kochany

Fourth Prize: The Spinster – Kristin Tieche

Fifth: Frogs, Phrogs, Frawgs – Bret Rogstad

The Audience Choice Award: Highway 15 – Rachel L. Meyers

Honorable Mention: EXpatZ – Jimmie Wing



More to come online in our Awards Presentation show on the Brainwash Movies’ Big Weird Time broadcast series, so stay tuned!


“Tell this to everybody, wherever they are. Watch the skies, everywhere, keep looking. Keep watching the skies.” The Thing (From Another World) (1951).

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 2:35 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

Here it is, folks, the lineup for this year’s Festival!

The 20th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie festival

will be at Nimby, 8410 Amelia St., at 85th Ave., Oakland, CA, USA,

Friday, July 18th, Saturday July 19th, Fri., July 25th, and Sat., the 26th, 2014.

All shows at 9:00pm, with a virtual plethora of weird, unusual and just plain great movies for audience enjoyment and edification.

The New York Times says it “pirat[es] a piece of that old Hollywood magic and challeng[es] conventions on the role of public space in the process”.

“We project movies onto a tarp in West Oakland,” counters festival director Shelby Toland.

Admission is $12ea. per show, with discounts to City Car Share members: 2 for the price of one if “you flash your fob” and ALL occupants for free in a City Car Share Car!

or… get the Festival Pass$35.00 for ALL shows!  Get Tickets >>


Fri., July 18th

Super Camilla - Vitor Torao Akeda

The Man In White – Kyra Gardner

Candice is Currently Online - Patrick Schechter

Friendship - Xstine Cook

Traveler - Ron Hurley

Dearly Departed - Ashley Sinn

Love Stuck - Sierra Fein

A Farewell To Arm - Philip Snyder/Robert M. Snyder


Sat., July 19th- Special “Double Feature” show with Academy Award nominated Saint Dracula – a Bollywood classic!

Independent Film Maker - Andreas Goldfuss

Lullaby - Dana Brawer

F#*k Off - Berin Tuzlic

Highway 15 - Rachael L. Meyers

Bleach Formula - Heejin Jang

Dresden - Tahnee Gehm

Game Companion - Brian Morelan

Pop Psychology - Paul Fletcher

Warsaw January 2011 - Juliet Palmer

Cough - Jason Kempnich

Frogs Phrogs Frawgs - Brett Rogstad

Saint Dracula - Rupesh Paul/All Lights


Fri., July 25th

Bulimia: The Musical - Joe DiSanto

The Cabining - Mike Kopera


Sat., July 26th

Can We Be Happy Now? – Tahnee Gehm

Boome & Slade - Eric Jaffe

Kyrie Eleison / Transforming Gods - Volker Schlecht

Expatz - Jimmie Wing

Frenzbook - Paul Fontaine

The Spinster - Kristin Tieche

November - Eric Esser

Do What You Love - Katarzyna Kochany

Awards Presentation



Posted on June 22, 2014 at 6:33 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Top of Brain

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Brainwash thanks our generous sponsors!

And many thanks to the following contributors — past, present, and future:

Founders: Shelby Toland, Dave Krzysik, Barbara Traub & Scott Arford
Exec. Producer: Duncan Maddux
2017 judges: Neil Kaplan, Dave Krzysik, Kamala Stuart, David Sutera and Shelby Toland

Special Thanks to:
Mike Snook and Nimby, Amy Stabler, Dionne Stevens, Jason Gohlke, (General Partner Emeritus), Ron Baker, Simon Lang, Michael Mohr, Jalal Elhayek, Steve Mobia, Bekah Barnett, Ben the awesome fiddle and banjo player, Doug Campbell, Mark McGothigan, Gary Nakamoto, Dave Reda, Emmanuel Jonas, Steven DeCaprio, Sarah Fisher, Yvette Hochberg, Andy Kirk, D.J. Neel N. Kizmiaz, Lillian Phaeton, Bev Reiser, The Rhythmic Revolution, Hal Robins, Betty Tweedy, Jonathan Logan, Jesse Block, Ed Holmes, Vikki Vaden, Mark States, Victor Ho, John Law, The SF Cacophony Society, (we're on pgs. 230-231), Scott Beale, Rob Schmidt, J.D. Boggmann, Mr. Mystic, M2, Burning Man, Phil Shuey, Kathy Vaquilar, Annie Coulter, Mike Dingle, SomArts, Jabari Herbert, Monsa, Phil Snyder, Mark Thimijian, ALL of our moviemakers! and, in memoriam to Michael Hawk and Les Blank, whose movies live on.

Theme Music for the Festival and Big Weird Time Webisodes: Traffic Man, written by Dave Krzysik & Ed Bullins.
Performed by:
Hot Tub Man: Benny Lewis, Joe Shelby, Gaylord Birch, Nik Phelps, Joe McKinley, & Dave Krzysik.

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