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The 19th Annual Brainwash Movie festival – 2013

The movies shown at the Brainwash Movie Festival are a great mix of original humor, experimental art movies, innovative animation, and short live-action stories and features with high production values. The moviemakers are unique and skillful storytellers, and the movies themselves pack a real punch into anywhere from 5 to 18 to 100 minutes. Who […]

Congrats to My Friend Peter – Audience Choice 2011!

Congratulations to the Kopera brothers, makers of the short My Friend Peter, which won the “Audience Choice Award” at this year’s festival! Written, produced, and starring Mike Kopera, directed by Steve Kopera, and produced by Matt & John Kopera, My Friend Peter is a heartwarming and funny 11-minute short about a man and his monkey […]

Thank you!

Thank you all for making the 17th Annual Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival a success! It seemed like the audiences had a good time. It’s late, but I am still posting the award winners: 1st Prize: Clean is Good by Carlos Matiella 2nd Grand Prize: Earthship by David Wilson 3rd prize: Coming Soon by […]

Video: More work!

It’s Friday night (Saturday morning, by now). Dave and Simon are doing physical labor, and I am documenting it thusly:

Video: That’s dedication.

Okay, here’s what Dave and I were doing at midnight last night to bring you, the Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival patron, the best possible drive-in film experience possible. By the way, this new, thicker vinyl screen is a significant upgrade from last year. Last year we added a new projector and FM transmitter, […]

Brainwash loves animation

As long as Brainwash has been around, animated shorts have been a major component of the festival. Following in the footsteps of such illustrious titles as Thought Bubble, Scrimshander, Boxcartoon, The Collection, and far more than I can name here (or, for that matter, remember), several very special, very distinct, and very original animated shorts […]

“How to Make it in Filmmaking”

Like Gideon Verite, How to Make it in Filmmaking is a movie that will be shown at Brainwash about… well, filmmaking. There are, however, many differences. How to Make it in Filmmaking (check out the movie site here) is a 59-minute documentary by Shanna Maurizi about a real movie director, while Gideon Verite is a […]

Gideon Verite: one of many great shorts for 2011

The heart of Brainwash is the movies we show. That’s why we call ourselves the world’s only drive-in bike-in walk-in MOVIE festival. One of this year’s shorts, Gideon Verite by Raquel Cedar, is in the classic Brainwash style. In an absurdist style somewhat reminiscent of Being John Malkovich, Gideon Verite creates an eccentric and theatrical […]

The festival is coming!

Here comes the Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival! When? September 3, 9, and 10, 2011, after dark. Where? Mandela Village Arts Center, 1357 5th St., Oakland. We are kicking off the 17th annual festival on September 3rd at 8 pm with movies and food trucks (Taco Oaxaco will be there)! On September 9th and […]

Trailer/teaser for 2011

Hey, look… here’s a weird preliminary trailer for 2011! Share and enjoy!