Theres a reason why hundreds of Filipino inmates danced in lockstep to Thriller, and thats because the Michael Jackson song is about as universal as pop culture gets. Sure, the popularity of the Thriller album eventually helped propel MJ to the freak-show status hes since achieved, but much respect is due to director John Landis, who exploited the singers inner weirdness before anyone else did. The Tribeca Film Festival, as part of their Drive-In series, will host a special 25th-anniversary screening of the Thriller video, as well as a making-of special, with Landis on hand. The evening will also feature an MJ look-alike contest and a Thriller face-painting station, and youll get the chance to learn the Thriller dance (like you dont have the moves down already).
Thu., April 24, 7 p.m., 2008