BERKSHIRE DRIVE-IN TO RUN WEEKENDS THROUGH SEPTEMBER
By Ray Kelly
The Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare and Company are teaming up this summer to present the Berkshire Drive-In — a pop-up outdoor movie theater in Lenox.
The series on the campus of Shakespeare and Company will present films Thursday through Sunday evenings beginning July 23 and continuing through Sept. 13. Programming will include a variety of documentaries, features, family and animated films. There will also be a selection of Shakespeare-themed films shown on Fridays.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Shakespeare and Company to bring this safe, fun and engaging entertainment to our community this summer,” said Kelley Vickery, the festival’s founder and artistic director. “Our programming for this drive-in is a unique combination of timely independent documentary and feature films, some oldies but goodies — and Sunday night is family night. There is something for everyone and we hope our audience will not only be entertained, but also be engaged and inspired. At the same time, we are continuing to champion films that would have been at BIFF and films that are relevant for our time.”
Several of the films were selected to screen at the Berkshire International Film Festival this past May which was cancelled because of the coronavirus.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with BIFF on this drive-in movie project,” said Allyn Burrows, artistic director at Shakespeare and Company. “Kelley Vickery has such a great eye for curating fun and fascinating films, and for us it’s a great way to keep our property vibrant during this challenging time”.
The full programming schedule will be announced next week on the BIFF website. Tickets are $15 per person (children under 10 are free) and go on sale Thursday, July 16. through the BIFF website www.biffma.org.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with show time at 8:30 p.m. The start time will change to 8:15 p.m. as the days get shorter.
Patrons are required to stay in their cars and cars will be parked 10 feet apart, but an emergency bathroom will be available if necessary.
Picnics are encouraged, and potential collaborations with area restaurants may be available for curb-side pick-up.
Operations of the event will strictly follow all the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.