Ac­tor of­fers free drive­in movie se­ries

San Francisco Chronicle - - DATEBOOK - By G. Allen John­son G. Allen John­son is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: ajohn­son@ sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @Br­film­sallen

Ac­tor Michael B. Jor­dan is invit­ing every­one out to “A Night at the DriveIn,” spot­light­ing the sto­ries of per­sons of color — and the tick­ets are on him.

Jor­dan’s new mar­ket­ing com­pany 8788 and his pro­duc­tion com­pany Out­lier So­ci­ety are part­ner­ing with Ama­zon Stu­dios to spon­sor drive­in movie screen­ings ev­ery other Wed­nes­day from July 1 to Aug. 26. The venues across the na­tion in­clude the West Wind drive­ins in Con­cord and Sacra­mento.

Re­served tick­ets are re­quired, through Anigh­tatthedriv­e­

There will even be free re­fresh­ments courtesy of Black­ and brownowned busi­nesses Path Wa­ter, Pip­corn Pop­corn and Par­take Cook­ies.

It’s an eclec­tic mix, with movies rang­ing from the 1980s to 2018, and cu­rated into dou­ble fea­tures. Films in­clude the megahit “Black Pan­ther” and Spike Lee’s clas­sic “Do the Right Thing,” which is awe­somely paired with Jor­dan Peele’s “Get Out.” (Un­for­tu­nately, while Jor­dan pro­grammed two of his own films, the lineup does not in­clude the Oak­land­shot “Fruit­vale Sta­tion” or the re­cent “Just Mercy.”)

The sched­ule be­gins Wed­nes­day, July 1, with “Movies to Make You Fall in Love” — a dou­ble fea­ture of “Love & Bas­ket­ball,” Gina Prince­bythe­wood’s film from 2000 star­ring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps; and the re­cent hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Other films billed in­clude:

July 15, “Movies to Make You Proud”: “Black Pan­ther” (2017) and “Creed” (2015). Both star­ring Jor­dan and di­rected by Oak­land na­tive Ryan Coogler, who par­tially set the for­mer film in his home­town. Th­ese are movies made for the big screen.

July 29, “Movies to In­spire Your In­ner Child”: “Spi­der­man: Into The Spi­der­verse” (2018) and “Hook” (1991). While “Spi­der­verse” is one of the best animated films of the past decade, the other choice, one of Steven Spiel­berg’s least in­ter­est­ing films, star­ring Robin Wil­liams as Peter Pan, is the head­scratcher of this bunch.

Aug. 12, “Movies to Make You Open Your Eyes”: “Do the Right Thing” (1989) and “Get Out” (2017). Both movies not only have a lot to say and are rel­e­vant for th­ese times, but they’re in­cred­i­bly en­ter­tain­ing as well.

Aug. 26, “Movies to Make You Laugh”: “Com­ing to Amer­ica” (1986) and “Girls Trip” (2017). Com­edy from the ar­chaic, ’80s guys point of view in the nos­tal­gic Ed­die Mur­phy­arse­nio Hall com­edy, and from the more mod­ern fe­male POV in the fun­nier, bet­ter tale of sis­ter­hood with Regina Hall, Queen Lat­i­fah, Jada Pin­kett Smith and Tif­fany Had­dish.

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