Projections

A wordless short film set in the 1960s about a projectionist who finds the love of his life at a drive-in movie theater.

Director’s Statement

About five years ago I visited Bengie’s Drive-In Theater in Middle River, Maryland to explore the possibility of photographing a lifestyle still shoot for my portfolio. The theater owner, D. Edward Vogel, was kind enough to let me take some scout photos, but the sight of the drive-in was pretty underwhelming in the daytime without any cars. The projection booth was a sight to behold. Unfortunately, I didn’t know what to do with it. Fast forward to last summer, I began to mull over the projection booth again and brainstorm possible stories. I met with Jean-Pierre Bovie, a creative director friend, and asked him if he had any story ideas with a projection booth at a drive-in. To my surprise, about a month later he sent me a synopsis for what later became Projections. I thought doing a period piece was an ambitious venture without a budget, and it was a more weighty story than I had imagined, but decided to give it a go. Everyone worked on the project as a favor, including the entire crew, wardrobe supplier, classic car owners, and actors, all mostly for free. Probably the biggest help was D., the theater owner, who provided with the use of the entire facility, worked the projector for us, burned through film, and reached to the theater’s entire customer base to get us cars and extras. Securing the actors was probably the most difficult part, especially finding such good actors who were willing to donate their time and also two people that needed to look pretty similar at different ages.