About the Project

The second annual Downtown Drive-In presented a variety of independent American films made from 1943 to 1979 that responded to or focused on the theme of romance and intrigue. All of the films selected subverted the cinematic conventions associated with a classical narrative mode and presented alternative forms suggested by the medium and its properties.


The event was organized by Anita O’Neill and Molly Mullin of Creative Time with Lisa Phillips and Steven Schlough of the Downtown Branch of the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Photograph by Helaine Messer.




Multiple Artists

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