On Tuesday, 25th August 2020, California Americana’s parking garage in Glendale became a packed drive-in movie theatre. The feature presentation was for the movie The Stranger. The Stranger is an American crime thriller television series created by Veena Stud that debuted on Quibi on 13th April 2020. The series starred Dane DeHaan, Avan Jogia, and Maika Monroe. The event was organized by Street Food and Collider, which featured ten episodes of the series for the first time without any interruptions. The event also included an introduction from the creator, director, and writer Veena Sud. And a post-screening virtual question-answer round with the cast and Sud, viewers were also served free refreshments from Umami Burger for all who attended the show.
The whole event was organized according to the safety measures of the COVID-19. The show includes contactless entry and food delivery and all the staff wearing personal protective equipment. The audience in their car safely enjoyed the screening. Sud commented that she had been seeing the show on the big screen for the first time. The Strangers was made for small screens and phone screens. She felt watching the real-time thriller show in Dehaan terrorizes Monroe under the starry sky of Los Angeles appropriate. She added that the film is a love letter to Los Angeles and it is inspired by many things. She said L.A is a city that we know, and we love, but we do not find them much in our movies. Sud also spoke of her optimism for the future of Quibi. She said there is much more to discover in the Quibi format, and this is a new way to interact and watch stories.
The story started at night when a rideshare driver named Claire picked her next passenger named, Carl E., from a mansion in Los Angeles. Claire, on the other hand, was new to the city and unaware of the landscape in L.A, and hence it took her a longer route than usual. Carl reveals that he had murdered the family of the mansion in forty minutes, and if Claire told him a good story, he would not kill her.
The creator and director of the series Veena Cabreros-Sud is a Canadian-American television director, writer, and producer. She is known for developing the famous American television drama The Killing. The series was based on the Danish series The Crime (Forbrydelsen). Sud was born in Toronto and grew up in Indian Hill, Ohio. She graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School. After graduating from Barnard in 1989, she spent years working as a journalist at Pacifica Radio. After completing her graduation, she directed the show off MTV, The Real World. She also developed a limited series of Seven Seconds for Netflix inspired by Black Lives Matter. She was a distributing director for Third World Newsreel; the project was specialized in movies about and by people of color.
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