2022 Festival

Drive-In Episodic Program

Check out these episodic pilots and programs that are breaking out from the tropes and molds of modern American television!

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

Comedy, Drama, Narrative Short, Subtitles

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Hudson Falls

The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist (William Sadler) begin to unravel when a private eye from the city (Richard Kind) takes on a seemingly mundane job in an effort to rekindle a relationship with his ex wife (Jessica Hecht).

Filmed during the COVID pandemic , the first week production was allowed to start in New York, with no crew other than a cinematographer, a sound recordist and a set dresser.

Starring an all star cast including Richard Kind, Tara Westwood, Jessica Hecht, Robert Burke, William Sadler, and Chiké Okonkwo.

Elias Plagianos / 2021 / 22 minutes / English / USA

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Shlomi is a taxi driver who thinks he can solve his problems and return to his family with money he doesn’t have. Sadly, the opposite is true.

Sivan Malca, Vladimir Dzyackevich, Orit Nahari Tzipkin / 2020 / 30 minutes / Hebrew / Israel

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Why Are You Like This

‘Why Are You Like This’ was independently produced by a young team earning their first television credits in writing, directing, producing, production design, cinematography and editing. Born from the Screen Australia and ABC Fresh Blood pilot program it was picked up by Netflix and commissioned to full series. With an entirely new set of creatives introduced into the industry, the team were able to break the bounds of convention and produce a comedy series more stylised, cinematic, naturally diverse and groundbreaking in storylines and themes.

While feeling unequivocally Australian, the series speaks to online sub-cultures and socio-political issues that connect internationally and broaden its appeal and reach beyond Australia. Fiercely voiced, the series does not shy away from topics of wealth, class, race, privilege, menstruation, LGBTQIA+, capitalism, religion and sex and sexuality – delivering in strong comedic punches without patronising the audience with earnest lesson-learning.

Jessie Oldfield, Adam Murfet

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*This episode contains themes of domestic violence and sexual assault.*