The Wexner Center for the Arts knows good music.

The Wexner Center for the Arts knows good music.

Last week, the center announced the theme of its indoor summer film series, "Soundtrack Available: Music in American Film." The series will run at 7 p.m. each Thursday from July 2 through Aug. 27 at the center, 1871 N. High St.

"Soundtrack Available" will include 17 films that have made a lasting impression on American culture. The films include "Easy Rider," "The Graduate," "Saturday Night Fever" and "Purple Rain."

Dave Filipi, film curator for the center, said the idea for the series came about after a friend made him aware of a blog that discussed the best film soundtracks.

"We maybe exchanged three or four e-mails and I just said this would make an interesting film series," Filipi said.

Filipi said the most difficult part of creating a series centered on music was the sheer number of films available.

"One thing I did to make it simple was to not show any foreign films," Filipi said. "For the most part, they are familiar films; we are just giving them a different context."

Historically, the two most significant films to be shown will be "The Graduate" and "Easy Rider," Filipi said.

He said these films were the forerunners to what many people think of as the soundtrack albums.

"We tried to stick with films where some of the music isn't explained narratively," Filipi said.

Each of the "soundtrack" films will be screened as a double feature, except for the final film. Admission is $7. Ticket packages are available.

In conjunction, Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St., will offer discounts on the soundtracks with a ticket stub from the series.

Along with the soundtrack series, the Wexner Center for the Arts also announced the films for its fourth annual Wex Drive-In Outdoor Film Fest.

The fest is a series of three free films screened just outside the Wexner Center. The films start at dusk, typically about 9 p.m.

Filipi said the outdoor series will tie into "Soundtrack Available."

"It's just kind of a thank-you gesture in a way," Filipi said about the outdoor series. "It's taking what we do on the inside of the building and moving it out."

The first film to be screened in the outdoor series, the classic horror movie "The Wolf Man," will be shown June 18.

"Last year, we showed 'The Mummy' and it did so well that we thought we would do another Universal horror film," he said.

The two other outdoor films that will be screened are 1973's "American Graffiti" on July 23 and 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" on Aug. 20.

For more information, visit www.wexarts.org.

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