San Francisco | October 2, 2020 12:57 pm

A Drive-In Movie Festival Arrives in San Francisco

Get your tix now for Fort Mason Flix, curated this weekend by SFFILM

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa on film is one of the many offerings at this festval.
Trouper Productions

If your head’s anything like our head at the moment … your head might be exploding. What to do, beyond (a) find a cave, (b) move into the cave, (c) emerge from it only when necessary? 

Three words: Fort Mason Flix

Fort Mason Flix is the latest creative reuse for this quirky, quasi-neighborhood, which is also home to the San Francisco Art Institute. On deck: about three weeks of drive-in movies, ranging from Frozen to this weekend’s special bill, a festival-within-a-festival curated by SFFILM. 

Our highlight: Medicine for the Melancholy, the award-winning debut feature by acclaimed director Barry Jenkins (hopefully, you saw Moonlight). Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Higgins star as two S.F. hipsters who wake up in bed together in Nob Hill, and then spend the next 24 hours trying to make sense of their lives (and our city) as they wander from “through neighborhoods ranging from the tony Marina to the gritty Tenderloin.” 

(Roger Ebert gave it three-and-a-half stars, saying “it’s like a New Yorker story that leaves you thinking, yes, I see how they feel.”)  

If, on the other hand, you’d like to simply turn off your brain, there are still tickets left (how???) for Zoolander, Vertigo, Us and a new Frank Zappa documentary from Bill and Ted star Alex Winter.

And while you’re in the neighborhood …

If you do go to one of the remaining Friday shows, stop by SFAI’s other location, on Russian Hill, for a look at the school’s weekly From the Tower: Transmission series, with experimental films projected on the campus’s distinctive tower, curated by artist and professor Tony Labat. Tonight, they’re showing “Scene I Am Cuba” by Felipe Dulzaides, a reworking of I Am Cuba, a 1964 Soviet/Cuban film. From the Tower viewings start at 9 p.m., and are viewable from around North Beach. 

Before either of these events: Consider an outdoor meal at Venezuelan/Colombia spot Mamo (hello, avocado burrata), or grab ‘n’ go for picnic, with options for families of two and four — the latter get arepas, “MaMo’s Postre,” and a choice of pabellon criollo and arroz con pollo.