Category: Film

Can’t Stop the Serenity 2013

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 and for more details.

Tickets for this event will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Tickets will be available via

“Can’t Stop The Serenity” events will be held worldwide. To learn more about the fundraiser and find other screenings, visit

Science on Screen: Dune with Peter Turchin

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 to learn more.

[Tip from Taryn at Real Art Ways]

Science on Screen: Edward Scissorhands

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.

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Global Science Fiction Symposium With Author Andrea Hairston

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 (see also for general information about the campus).

MIT’s 35th Annual Science Fiction Marathon

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.

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Martians & Martinis: A Sci Fi Film Series

The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT is hosting “Martians & Martinis: A Sci Fi Film Series.”

What could go better together than a little sci-fi and some drinks that are out of this world? Join us as we present four fabulous sci-fi flicks (in partnership with the CT Film Festival), made all the more freaky, scary, funny and edgy by some cosmic cocktail concoctions.

Sorry, I missed the January screening. The upcoming movies are:
February 9th: TiMER Cancelled due to snowstorm; to be rescheduled
March 9th: Privacy (Q&A following the movie with Producer, Anre Garett)
April 6th: Another Earth

Doors open for cash bar and concessions at 6:00pm; movies screen at 7:00pm. Learn more at

[Tip via Tom at the CT Film Festival]

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon 2013

Tickets are on sale now for the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon, which will be held at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. The festival will run from February 8th to the 18th; the marathon starts at noon on Sunday February 17th and runs for 24 consecutive hours. The 2013 film schedule has not been posted yet; keep an eye on for updates.

J. Cannibal’s Feast of Flesh XII

The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA will host “J. Cannibal’s Feast of Flesh XII” at midnight on October 6th. The movie of choice this night will be Re-Animator, but much more is planned:

Real-life undertaker and long time zombie fanatic J. Cannibal—dubbed the King of Horror Burlesque—presents a gruesome banquet of midnight mayhem!

This frightful night of fun kicks off with Black Thai. Offering up monstrous, Sabbath-inspired riffs with a low end roar loud enough to liquefy your insides, these Vikings of local metal will open up the night so savagely that the stars will eat themselves just to survive! Following their set will be a bevy of grotesque burlesque courtesy of the infamous horror troupe, Black Cat Burlesque. Dedicated to putting the BUMP back into the night, Black Cat Burlesque has been raising pulses, the dead and a whole lot of hell since 2003. As the bad seeds of Boston Burlesque, this scream team mines the depths of their twisted psyches—blending striptease thrills and spookshow chills to push the boundaries of the art form and explore the dark, cobwebbed corners of neo-cabaret.

For the night’s feature, Mr. Cannibal has hand-picked the perversely comic Re-Animator, based on the classic tale by H.P. Lovecraft. Driven by a wild combination of extreme gore, horror, and comedy: this seminal cult classic has inspired a wide variety of spin-offs, ranging from porn to musicals. You definitely want to catch this one on the big screen!

Free gory goodie bags will be handed out to all, and J. Cannibal will award a number of prizes for the best zombie costumes.

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Spooktacular VIII: Tales from the Crypt

New Hampshire horror hosts Saturday Fright Special and The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH are bringing you their 2012 Halloween horror film festival “Spooktacular VIII” on October 27th at 8:00pm. The main event will be a 35-mm screening of the 1972 horror anthology Tales from the Crypt. Learn more at

Halloween Horror Movie Marathon

The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA will be holding its 12th annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon on October 27th starting at midnight.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon enters its 12th year with a double feature so terryfying that you won’t even be able to get up from your seat: The Exorcist (original 1973 theatrical version) and The Thing (1982)!!! We’ll have a costume contest and a slew of other cool treats including some special shorts and trailers from the archives. Then stick around for another 5 jolting tales of terror guaranteed to make your hair stand on end, your knuckles go white, and your eyeballs ache! We’re keeping the rest of the line-up secret but don’t worry, there will be plenty of zombies, other-worldly shocks, slashers, and shivers to keep you up all night.

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