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Science Fiction Film Festival

Presented in Conjunction with Kelly Richardson: Legion

Friday, March 1, 2013, 12–9:30 pm

Kelly Richardson (Canadian, born 1972). Installation view of Mariner 9, 2012. Three-channel high-definition video installation with 5.1 audio. Running time: 20 minutes. Originally commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, UK. Image courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato. Photograph by Colin Davison.

FREE for Members / $5 for non-members (one ticket good for all films)
Auditorium

Among the major influences present in Kelly Richardson’s immersive installations are narrative devices used in science fiction and B-movie horror films. Richardson, along with Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes, has curated a selection of films that will be screened throughout the day and evening, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Kelly Richardson: Legion. Each film will feature an introduction by Hughes, who will discuss its relevance to the artist’s work.

noon
Destination Moon, 1950
Running time: 92 minutes
One of the first science-fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail, Destination Moon tells the story of the first trip to the moon.
THEME: SPACE EXPLORATION

1:50 pm
Silent Running, 1972
Running time: 89 minutes
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth’s plant life, which is being kept in a greenhouse onboard a spacecraft.
THEME: ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN 

3:40 pm
Frogs, 1972
Running time: 91 minutes
A group of hapless victims are invited to a sprawling island estate crawling with evil frogs.
THEME: NATURE STRIKES BACK

5:30 pm
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
Running time: 115 minutes
A meek, alienated young boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial in his backyard. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.
THEME: ALIENS 

7:30 pm
Children of Men, 2006
Running time: 109 minutes
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
THEME: POST-APOCALYPSE 

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