Wex Drive-In O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
UPDATE: Tonight's Drive-In has been moved indoors to Mershon Auditorium. Food will not be served.
Joel Coen, 2000
The Wexner Center brings the big screen outside for Wex Drive-In, our annual series of free, festive, open-air film screenings on the Wexner Center Plaza at 15th Avenue and High Street. All Wex Drive-In movies start at dusk (generally around 9 PM), but you’re invited to come at 8 PM to choose your spot. Pack up a few blankets or lawn chairs, and get ready to enjoy beer from Seventh Son Brewing and wine from our cash bar, pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and free Pam’s Market Popcorn.
Watch—and listen to—classic movies whose popular music soundtracks propel action, underscore emotion, heighten authenticity, and stay in our memories. Organized by Wexner Center Film Curator David Filipi, the<i>Soundtrack Available</i>series features films notable for their creative and thoughtful use of popular music as a cinematic element. Many spawned soundtrack albums whose impact equaled that of the films themselves.
O Brother, Where Art Thou is being presented as a free outdoor screening in our Wex Drive-In series. Come at 8 PM to claim your spot and get ready with drinks (cash bar), snacks, and free popcorn and Jeni's ice cream. The film begins at dusk.
The Coen brothers' Depression-era comedy led to a resurgence in the popularity of American folk music. Loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, the film follows three escaped convicts (George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Turturro) as they try to retrieve a hidden fortune from a past heist. Songs include Alison Krauss's "Down to the River to Pray," Krauss and Gillian Welch's "I'll Fly Away," and Ralph Stanley's "O Death." (102 mins., 35mm)
Wexner Center members receive a commemorative Wex Drive-In mug and discounted drinks at each outdoor film. Not yet a member? If you join at any Wex Drive-In screening, you'll receive a film/video T-shirt and two additional film passes (a $34 value).
Please note: With storms predicted for this evening from 5 to 8 PM (exactly when we need to set up the outdoor screen), we've opted to move this film indoors to Mershon Auditorium. It will begin at 9 PM.
Attending this event? Let your friends know and RSVP on Facebook.
SOUNDTRACK-THEMED DRINKS: Check out the Soundtrack Available-themed drinks at Surly Girl Saloon (1126 North High Street, Columbus) this summer (examples include The Easyrider and The Manhattan).
REDUCED PRICED SOUNDTRACKS: Visit Used Kids Records (1980 North High Street, Columbus) to browse and buy soundtrack recordings with discounts available if you bring in a ticket stub from any Soundtrack Available movie.
Free for to all audiences (advanced registration required)
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS
Rohauer Collection Foundation
MAJOR SUPPORT FOR WEX DRIVE-IN
Orange Barrel Media
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Pam’s Market Popcorn, LLC
The Other Paper
Surly Girl Saloon
Used Kids Records
WOSU: Public Media
American Airline / American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council