A recreation of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” will be staged at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on October 31st. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding a documentary about a local theater called The Orson Welles Complex. Get tickets at http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/552; learn about the film project at http://www.owcproject.com/.
The Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA is hosting the “Terror-Thon” movie festival on October 12th from noon to midnight, featuring these movies:
-THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
-THE INVISIBLE MAN
-PLANET OF THE APES
-ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI
The Etheria Film Festival will present “the best in emerging female science fiction and fantasy film makers” at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA on October 5th. Learn more at http://www.allthingshorroronline.net/2013/09/we-present-etheria-film-festival.html.
The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival returns to the Providence area October 17th-20th.
PROVIDENCE, RI. This October 17-20th, 2013, the FLICKERS: RI International Horror Film Festival will screen some of the world’s greatest independent fright films. Films presented will be from across the globe and represent a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches to the genre. Our program director is Shawn Quirk.
The FLICKERS: RI International Horror Film Festival is an eerie-sistable salute to an often overlooked genre that will include numerous world premieres of shorts and features including the best of films submitted in competition from all over the globe. We guarantee that you will not see anything like them anywhere else. Plus, many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so you’ll have a chance to network, ask questions and maybe even audition for their next film.
To add to the fun, the Festival, much like a witch’s brew, will consist of various ingredients such as an H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour, special free screenings, a Saturday night double bill with a special presentation, awards for Best Feature and Best Short and much more.
Follow http://www.film-festival.org/Horror_ri.php to get all the developing details.
Tickets are on sale now for the 39th annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon, which will be held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. The festival will run from February 7th to the 17th; the marathon starts at noon on Sunday February 16th and runs for 24 consecutive hours. You can buy tickets for the marathon separate from the festival; early bird rates end September 15th. The film schedule has not been posted yet; keep an eye on http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/ for updates.
The New England Browncoats will bring Joss Whedon’s Serenity back to the big screen for the eighth annual “Can’t Stop The Serenity” charity fundraiser. This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 22nd at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. Proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit the womens’ rights organization Equality Now; bring canned goods for Rosie’s Place to receive tickets for fantastic raffle prizes. Watch http://cstsboston.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/cstsboston for more details.
Tickets for this event will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Tickets will be available via http://www.coolidge.org/content/serenity.
“Can’t Stop The Serenity” events will be held worldwide. To learn more about the fundraiser and find other screenings, visit http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/.
Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT will present “Science on Screen: Dune with Peter Turchin,” featuring a screening of David Lynch’s Dune, preceded by a talk with scientist Peter Turchin:
Peter Turchin is one of the top cited authors in the field of Ecology/Environment and one of the founders of cliodynamics, the new scientific discipline located at the intersection of historical macrosociology, cliometrics, and mathematical modeling of social processes. Turchin is a professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as in the Department of Mathematics.
The screening starts April 9th at 7:00pm. Visit http://www.realartways.org/cinema.htm to learn more.
[Tip from Taryn at Real Art Ways]
The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA will show the movie Edward Scissorhands as part of its “Science on Screen” series on February 25th at 7:00pm; the evening will feature a lecture by professor Jeremy DeSilva:
Jeremy DeSilva, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Boston University, is working on reconstructing the life of two amazingly complete skeletons of a new species of early ancestor (or hominin) previously unknown to science. Join us as he talks about the strange conglomeration of parts found in these mosaic creatures – the odd legs and feet, the brain, and, yes, the hand – and describes the ways in which they were and were not human. These new fossils, found almost by accident, are revealing that human evolution is much more complex– and interesting – than we ever could have imagined.
See http://www.coolidge.org/content/edward-scissorhands for details.
The Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, are sponsoring a “Global Science Fiction Symposium.” It starts on March 8th at 4:00pm with an opening keynote address by author Andrea Hairston, followed by a screening of the movie Cloud Atlas at 7:00pm.
Renowned science fiction author Andrea Hairston will give a reading from her recent novels, accompanied by live music by Pan Morigan, together with a short talk on science fiction and fantasy in the age of globalization. Andrea Hairston is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty years. Ms. Hairston’s first novel, Mindscape, was published by Aqueduct Press in March 2006. Mindscape won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was shortlisted for the Phillip K Dick Award and the Tiptree Award. Redwood and Wildfire, her second speculative novel, was published by Aqueduct Press in February 2011 and won the Tiptree award in March 2012.
Then the main symposium events take place on March 9th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
An international group of scholars will participate in a series of panels intended to engage critically with science fiction from a broad range of national and cultural traditions. How can we situate science fiction as a genre within in a global context? How does national imagery function within the science fiction genre? How are the familiar science fiction themes of utopianism and dystopianism deployed in different national literary contexts? How is post-humanity manifested in this literature – in terms of gender, race, technology, or something else? How does science fiction engage with imperialism and post-colonialism in a global literary context?
All symposium events are free and open to the public, and will take place on campus in the Collins Cinema. For more information see http://www.newhouse-center.org/lectures.php (see also http://www.wellesley.edu for general information about the campus).
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA is hosting its 35th Annual Science Fiction Marathon from 7:00pm on January 26th overnight to morning of January 27th.
The 2013 Marathon features four full-length films, one surprise hour-long feature, many short subjects, and a special selection of refreshments! Pizza pre-orders will be taken between WALL-E and Looper for pickup at midnight, and breakfast foods will be available after The Andromeda Strain.
Learn more at http://lsc.mit.edu/schedule/2013.1q/desc-marathon.shtml.