gastown drive in 2008

The Gastown Drive-in paid homage to Vancouver with a contemporary spin on a nostalgic experience. For three evenings in September 2008, the roof level of the EasyPark parkade in Gastown was transformed into a drive-in for both car-equipped and pedestrian audiences in a celebration of BC films.

The inaugural "Vancouver Stars As Itself" film series screened selected shorts and feature films shot in part or wholly within the Metro Vancouver area. The provocative venue for the film series drew in new and broader audiences for BC film, and sparked us to re-imagine the city's functional infrastructure as a social and cultural resource.

To wrap up the evening, audience members were invited to meet the filmmakers at an informal gathering in Gastown. At the end of the series, Cineworks hosted "Thought on Film" discussion examining how Vancouver is represented on film.

Feature Films
  • Hard Core Logo, directed by Bruce MacDonald
  • Fetching Cody, directed and written by David Ray
  • Eve and the Fire Horse, directed and written by Julia Kwan

  • Alice & Martha, by Roy and McHardy
  • Two Impossible Films, by Mark Lewis
  • The Reincarnation of W, by Yun Lam Li

photos by
Gavin MacKenzie and Stefan Vogelfaenger
Organising Team
Henning Knoetzele, Peeroj Thakre
Cineworks, Cheyanne Turions, independent film consultant Michelle Biornson
Gastown Business Improvement Society, MCL Motor Cars,, Vancouver Foundation, The Irish Heather The Lamplighter, Salt Tasting Room, Videomatica, The First Weekend Club
American Fabricators, Corrente Electric, Wildcoast Production, Woodhouse and Associates
Property Owners
City of Vancouver, Easy Park, Talia Jevan Properties Inc.