Don and Susan Sanders have had a love affair with the drive-in
movie theatre since their childhood days in Texas during the
1950's and '60s. Some thirty years later, the Sanders realized
that the drive-in was a vanishing cultural icon and decided
to document its history in two lively coffee table books,
The American Drive-In Movie Theatre (Motorbooks, 1997)
and Drive-In Movie Memories (Carriage House, 2000).
As a result of their research, the Sanders have assembled
one of the world's largest collections of photographs, footage,
and ephemera related to the drive-in movie theatre. In 2000
they decided that it was time to use these items to make the
definitive documentary on the drive-in and hired Kurt Kuenne
to assist them.
Kurt Kuenne was featured as one of Filmmaker magazine's
"25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 1999. He has made
several award-winning short films and his first feature, "Scrapbook"
(1999), since graduating from USC Film School in 1995 with
a double major in Film Direction and Orchestration/Film Scoring.
"Drive-In Movie Memories" is his first foray into
non-fiction filmmaking. In addition to directing and editing
the film, Kuenne composed and orchestrated the film's score,
which has been described as "a cross between Aaron Copland-style
Americana and John Williams."
Kuenne's latest film, a non-profit feature documentary entitled, "Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father," is the story of a man trying to assemble the life of his beloved friend who was brutally murdered, so that his friend's unborn son can know his father. This award-winning film goes from being a sweet tribute to a shocking, gut-wrentching true story that leaves every audience in a pool of its own tears.
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