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Where but NYC could you be invited to a “Drive In” with no expectation that you will actually drive to the event? As a part of the always much anticipated Tribeca Film Festival, moviegoers are invited to park their tuckuses at he World Financial Center for three outdoor screenings of the family-friendly variety. This year, the best of the bunch is Thriller Night, a screening of Michael Jackson’s epic video and a behind-the-scenes look into just how the musical masterpiece was made. So pull up a lawn chair and veg out under the stars.

Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In takes place Thursday, April 24th through Saturday April 26th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with programs beginning at 7:30 and screenings at 8. Free.

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Michel Gondry’s new film Be Kind Rewind gets a real-life companion with an exhibit of the same name at the Deitch Projects (through March 22nd). In the movie, “it” actors Jack Black and Mos Def attempt to recreate a video store’s charred catalog of flicks by reenacting every movie with just themselves and a camcorder.

In a whimsical postmodern flip-flopping of reality vs. fiction, exhibit-goers immerse themselves in the same premise upon which the movie is based and are allowed to reconstruct popular movies with only the most basic of materials. Visitors choose a movie title and receive a prescriptive plot development outline. Once the brain-work is complete, you receive a video camera for an hour and are privy to eight different “sets” upon which to wield your lens. In about two ours, celluloid magic can be yours.

Given that embers still glow in my to pursue my childhood dream of acting, this project is right up my ally. Mr. DeMille, I’m SO ready for my close up.

Deitch Projects is located at 18 Wooster Street. Open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12PM to 6PM. Through March 22nd.

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