The event: The 20th annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival in Oakland.
The vibe: Is your brain numb from the deluge of mediocre summer movies? Give it an intellectual rinse at this quirky film festival on July 18-19 and July 25-26. Projected on a tarp in West Oakland, the offbeat, first-run films feature everything from experimental art house to innovative animation. On July 25, ride your bikes or roll through drive-in style for a screening of Mike Kopera's dark comedy, "The Cabining," about a hapless screenwriting duo and their horror-filled, deadline weekend. On July 26, soak in Jimmie Wing's "Expatz," which chronicles the adventures of a washed-up Dutch TV reporter, or Kristen Tieche's "The Spinster," a short psychological thriller that follows a vixen bike mechanic's love affairs amid San Francisco's bicycle culture. What could be more cleansing?
The details: Nimby, 8410 Amelia St. at 85th Ave., Oakland. Movies start at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. www.brainwashm.com.
For the couple who: Cycle through films.
-- J. Yadegaran, Staff
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