‘Peace by Chocolate’ Headed to Theaters April 29, On Demand June 10 From Level 33

The Canadian dramatic comedy Peace by Chocolate will be released in theaters April 29 and on demand June 10 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film based on the true story, when a Syrian family flees civil war to small-town Canada, the son is torn between his dreams of becoming a doctor and helping his father rebuild his suddenly burgeoning chocolate business.

Directed by Jonathan Keijser, the film stars Hatem Ali, Ayham Abou Ammar, Yara Sabri, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Mark Hachem, Najla Al-Khamri and Mark Camacho.

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Peace by Chocolate, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the Jury Award, Best Director, Feature Film, Jonathan Keijser at the Cordillera International Film Festival; Jury Award, Best Actor, Hatem Ali at the Scottsdale International Film Festival; Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature Film, at the Woods Hole Film Festival; Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, at the Naples International Film Festival; Jury Award, World Lens Award, at the Port Townsend Film Festival; Jury Prize, Spotlight Feature Award, at the Loudoun Arts Film Festival; Jury Award at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival; and Audience Choice Award at the Heartland International Film Festival.


Tribeca Drive-In Movie Series Bows at Rose Bowl Parking Lot on July 9

The Tribeca Film Festival begins screening studio movies this weekend in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Tribeca Drive-In Series, which is launching nationwide and will incorporate 160 Walmart parking lots in August, will showcase a variety of modern classics and all-time audience favorites, such as: musicals with Selena, The Bodyguard, and Straight Outta Compton; sports titles such as Creed, Jerry Maguire, Space Jam and Love & Basketball; time travel comedies with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future; high-school comedies with Mean Girls and Superbad; ladies’ night with Girls Trip and Bridesmaids; road movies such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Fast and the Furious; James Bond tribute with Goldfinger and Casino Royale; and children’s fare with Inside Out, The Lego Movie and Spy Kids.

The series will also feature special filmmaker and talent introductions, live stand-up comedy, new teasers of upcoming film releases and more. at entry, driver and each passenger must show that they have their own mask. Masks will be required anytime a guest leaves the vehicle.

Rules of entry: All tickets are available for online purchase only.
Day-of sales may take place online, pending an event’s availability. A digital ticket will be emailed to upon completion of a purchase.

Only one ticket is required per vehicle regardless of the number of passengers.

The Drive-In will open 60 minutes before the listed show time. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before the gate time found on tickets. Parking spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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Oversized and unenclosed vehicles are prohibited, including but not limited to large vans, limousines, mopeds, motorcycles, RVs, scooters, and vehicles with open tops. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be permitted within the perimeter of the ticketed event site. Only service animals are allowed and must be kept on leash.

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Temporary restroom facilities will be available onsite, although it is encouraged to use the restroom before arriving. All onsite restrooms will undergo enhanced cleanings before, during and after each event. All guests are expected to practice social distancing while waiting in line for the restrooms.

Concessions will be available. All guests are expected to practice social distancing while waiting in line for services.

Walmart Converting Parking Lots into Movie Drive-Ins

With spikes in coronavirus infections putting a damper on movie theater re-openings nationwide, Walmart July 1 announced plans to covert 160 store parking lots into movie drive-ins to screen family-themed movies, beginning in August.

The retail behemoth is working with Tribeca Enterprises to transform store parking lots into contact-free drive-in theaters across the country for a combined 320 showings featuring studio movies, special appearances from filmmakers, celebrities and concessions delivered to customer vehicles. The drive-in concept will run through October. Additional details will be announced closer to the start of the tour.

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Ahead of the screenings, Walmart will enable moviegoers to order drive-in snack essentials online for curbside pickup on the way to the screening.

“Drive-Ins have been a signature program for Tribeca since we started the Tribeca Film Festival 19 years ago after 9/11,” Jane Rosenthal, CEO and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival, said in a statement. “But now, the Tribeca Drive-In is much more than a fun, retro way to see movies — it’s one of the safest ways for communities to gather.”

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Walmart is testing the concept as a presenting partner for Tribeca Drive-In movie series, which begins July 2 at select stores in Arlington, Tex., Pasadena, Calif., Nassau County, NY and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, NY, featuring modern classics and family favorites, including Wonder Woman and Space Jam, with a mix of ticketed and free events honoring COVID-19 frontline workers. The full schedule and tickets can be found at TribecaFilm.com.