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WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series "Classics of Science Fiction"


WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series "Classics of Science Fiction"

Join us November 2-4 for “Classics of Science Fiction,” a weekend-long film festival and lecture series emphasizing entertainment, education, and community engagement. We offer a diverse selection of international science fiction films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, live music, a silent auction, live podcast tapings, and a Benefit Masquerade Ball.

Long before Le Voyage dans la Lune took early film goers to the moon, writers of science fiction created Hyde, Dr. Frankenstein, and Captain Nemo to captivate their audiences. Now there is no corner of the arts where science fiction does not reach, from painting, literature, and music to video games, television, and scientific innovation. Through science fiction we dream of the “what ifs” that drive society to create, to explore, and to render through artistic and scientific media the hopes, dreams, fears, and fantasies of a society. Come see and discus some of the diverse and influential science fiction films that have shaped the ways in which we dream as a culture.

The WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series 2018 event, Classics of Science Fiction, is sponsored by the University at Albany Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry, the University at Albany Office of the Vice Provost and the Dean for Undergraduate Education, and The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio. We are co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; the University at Albany Center for Experiential Education; the University at Albany Office of Student Engagement; the University at Albany Vice President for Research, James Dias; the University at Albany Alumni Association; University at Albany Auxiliary Services; the Capitalize Albany Corporation; the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation; Humanities New York; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, November 1, UAlbany Downtown Campus

 4 - 7pm: Science Fiction Symposium

Friday, November 2, The Linda

 6 - 7 pm: Keynote Conversation with Eugene Lim cosponsored by The New York State Writer’s Institute

 7 - 7:15 pm: Classic Short: Le Voyage dans la Lune/ A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902, France)

 7:15 - 9:15 pm: New Classic: Jigureul jikyeora!/ Save the Green Planet! (Joon-Hwan Jang, 2003, South Korea)

9:15 - 9:30 pm: Post Screening Discussion

Saturday, November 3, The Linda

10 am - 12 pm: Family Classic: Kaze no tani no Naushika/ Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, Japan)

12:15 - 1:30 pm: Student Luncheon with Eugene Lim

1:30 - 2 pm: Public Book Signing with Eugene Lim

2 - 2:15 pm: Short Lecture

2:15 - 2:30 pm: Classic Short: Electric Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (George Lukas, 1967, USA)

2:30 - 4:30 pm: Future Classic: Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016, Canada)

4:30 - 5  pm: Post Screening Discussion

6:45 - 7 pm: Short Lecture

7 - 9:15 pm: Classic: Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927, Austria-Hungary) with Live Music Accompaniment by LastDayShining

9:15 - 9:30 pm: Post Screening Discussion and Q&A with LastDayShining

9:30 - 12 pm: Masquerade Benefit Ball


Sunday, November 4, The Linda

 10 -10:15 am: Short Lecture

10:15 -10:25 am: Student Short: TBD

10:25 - 12:25 pm: Cult Classic: Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980, England)

12:25 - 12:45 pm: Post Screening Discussion

1:30 - 1:45 pm: Short Lecture

1:45 - 2 pm: Student Short: TBD

2 - 3:45 pm: New Classic: Alien (Sir Ridley Scott, 1979, UK)

3:45 - 4 pm: Post Screening Discussion

5:30 - 6:30 pm: The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks Live Podcast

6:45 - 7 pm: Short Lecture

7 - 7:30 pm: Classic Short: La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962, France)

7:30 - 9:20 pm: Future Classic: Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006, Mexico)

9:20 - 9:30 pm: Post Screening Discussion

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