2022 Festival

Drive-In Music Videos and Animations

Check the sounds and sights of splendor in a larger than life format fit for the illuminated!

Drive-in Lot / 231 S Capitol Ave, Lansing MI 48933

Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music Video, Narrative Short, Romance, Subtitles

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Escape Velocity

Escape velocity: the minimum speed needed for an object to escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body, without ever falling back.

An astronaut awakens in an abandoned cave of a strange planet. An interstellar vagabond, so to say. A light path leads him to the surface, where he looks at his compass and heads for his spaceship. He keeps glancing back, treading nervously, looking afraid. He has been chased by a creature for a long time, and his only way to break free is to escape this curious planet.

Tamás Rebák / 2020 / 8 minutes / Hungary

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La Domenica Delle Salme

The video is a dystopic story about an alien doctor who gets some dead humans to analyze and finds out something disturbing about them.

Lucian Alexandrov / 2020 / 5 minutes / Italian / Romania

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Tomorrow Never Came

Tomorrow never came follows the day of a quirky patient in a mental institution, her interaction with the other inmates and her escape, to a lovely day in search of freedom on the beach on her own.

Tomer Lavie / 2020 / 4 minutes / English

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Across the Fear

Now in the 21st century, there are still wars in some corners of the world. It’s a story of a teenage boy living in the post-war zone. Only he can see the thin steel wire surrounding the city. Not until witnessing people accidently touching these wires causing their legs to be broken, has he recalled the painful memory and shadow of wars.

Jian, Juan Ting / 2020 / 5 minutes / Taiwan

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The Orbit of Memory

Hopping on the train of life, the character meets all kinds of people and things. There nevertheless must be a time to say good bye. When the time comes, he can do nothing but to leave those most beautiful and most unbearable to lose. All of this turns out to be the nutrients moving the character forward.

Lu, Wen-Xin / 4 minutes / Taiwan

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Blossom

Facing memory, what one really needs to do is to remember those beautiful rather than to forget all.

Zhang, Xue-Zhen, Zhang, Zheng-Han / 2020 / 7 minutes / Taiwan

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Gun

A revenge story of about a young Native American girl during the old Wild West. Dressed in black and armed with a gun, she sets out to settle the score with all those involved in the great tragedy of her life. A bloody quest and a violent clash of cultures that raises the question of the price one has to pay for vendetta.

Nave Pinhas / 2020 / 5 minutes / English, Hewbrow / Israel

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Sum of its Parts

Sum of its Parts follows the journey of mysterious forest creatures that move to the beat of the music. It was animated entirely outdoors in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Alisa Stern / 2020 / 3 minutes / English / USA

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Roberto

15 years have passed and Roberto is still in love with his neighbor, but she prefers to hide ashamed of her body. With his art and an old clothesline as the only ways of communication, Roberto has a plan to push his beloved for face her monsters at once.

Carmen Córdoba González / 2020 / 10 minutes / Spain

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Water Thieves

A music video of the song performed by Woodabee

Olivier Klein / 2019 / 3 minutes / French / France

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Deeply, Deep

The midnight’s toll rings and Cecilia is about to enter her sleep. Suddenly a knock on the door wakes her up. A shadow from nowhere attacks her. She is so scared that she runs out of the house.

Lin, Hua-Xuan / 2020 / 6 minutes / English

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Ceremony

“Since ancient times, the Orientals have avoided to talk about death. The concept of “the dead is king” is even presented on the ceremony of sacrifices. These sacrifices seem to be solace for the people on this shore (people who still alive) because these are not what the dead could physically take away. So, is now this traditional ritual (the sacrifice) a sign of relief or just a form of ceremony?
Due to the revolution of technology, traditional ceremony has been simplified that the spirit of many rituals has been transformed into a kind of routine. The polite blessing makes the funeral a superficial normal that relies only on a large amount of various joss paper. But, can it really let the dead go peacefully?
At the end of life, what do people most want to hear? We believe that only sincere thoughts and blessings can make the dead go well, and the living can live well. For instance, the bright red flowers on the side of the living lead grandpa towards another side (the dead side), flowers turn into pure white ones, and also bring the feeling of miss and sincere blessing. The man who is on the shore (the dead side) farewell to the living side on the another shore. This is the moment the dead finally acquire an eternal rest.

Huang, Tsai-Chaun / 2020 / 7 minutes / Chinese / Taiwan

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Lipstick Jodi - do/SAY

Official music video for “do/SAY,” the first single off Lipstick Jodi’s sophomore album “More Like Me.”

Jackson Ezinga, Jeen Na / 2021 / 4 minutes / English / USA

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I'm Not A Vampire

Jensen Noen / 2021 / 6 minutes / English / USA

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Polypoly

The protagonist is the witness of a murder finds out his favorite idol to be the murderer, while the victim is Moony, who is in the same idol group with the murderer. When facing the police investigation, will the witness tells the truth or cover for his goddess Shiny, the murderer?

You,Hui-Wen, Jiang,Yun-Xuan / 2020 / 2 minutes / Taiwan

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Dancing in my Sadness

A dark hip-hop song and its animated music video that tells the common story of a traffic stop going downhill, involving a young Black man and a White police officer.

Casual Affairs is a French electronic music duo formed in 2018 by two friends with backgrounds in arts, design and cinema.

For their first single, they joined forces with Sacramento rapper Chuuwee on this dark animated short.

Casual Affairs / 2020 / 4 minutes / English / France

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High School Zoomsical

During a global pandemic, a reformed choir nerd with mild social anxiety is unwillingly thrust into a blast from her past when her ten-year high school class reunion goes (sung) VIRUTAAAL.”

Jessica Ryan / 2021 / 14 minutes / English / USA

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Balkanika

This is the true story of Vladimir Sambol, an accordionist and composer from Rijeka, who migrated to Sweden to escape the war, carrying only his accordion with him.
Seventy years later his daughter, to revive her father, gives his sheets music to a musical group: the Guappecartò. Thus was born “Sambol – migrant love”.

Lu Pulici / 2020 / 5 minutes / Italy

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The End

Exploring a lifelong love story, full of ups and downs, the narrative splits between younger and older versions of a couple as their relationship blooms and milestones come and go.

Timon Birkhofer / 2020 / 3 minutes / English / Germany

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One After Another

On the route back home, the waves pushed slowly. It reminded the origami boats made by grandpa when he was little. He recalled the step in order to make a new one by himself, and fell into the memories… “One After Another” is a story about expressing the thoughts by origami boats. After making the origami boats while growing up, it just like the rivers flow together into the sea. During these process, he seems to realize his grandpa’s philosophy.

Xie, Zong-Yi / 2020 / 6 minutes / Chinese / Taiwan

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2 Down

The 2 Down music video depicts a journey of a lonely backpacker in a vast, dreamlike landscape of a never-ending mountain range. The traveller seems to be completely lost in thought. Painful memories start to arise from the past and she is forced to dive into them. She must fight the demons of guilt, blame and sorrow within in order to break free from this mental dissonance and find forgiveness, acceptance and gratitude to replace them.

The story is about overcoming the worst of sufferings and clearing one’s mind from agony. It’s about facing one’s deepest fears and painful emotions head on, and growing from them as a person. No one is perfect and sometimes one needs to accept what is in order to move forward in life and strive to do one’s best. Life is short, and we should be spending it loving each other instead of fighting. Ultimately, 2 Down is about gratitude towards life.

Sam Farage / 2020 / 7 minutes / Finland

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Gashapon

It’s a story of an ordinary boy whose favorite toy is gashapon. One day, when he’s again wandering in the gashapon store, he encounters the princess he’s always dreamt of, and swears to rescue the princess who has become the captive in the toy capsule vending machine at all costs. He then transforms into a knight, and begins his journey to the tower for his rescue action.

Huang,Wei-Han / 3 minutes / Taiwan

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