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Expanded Cinema: Invaders from Mars

May 28, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Programmed by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid

A family night at BAM/PFA celebrates science fiction film through the ages. The main event is a classic sci-fi film for ages ten and up—Invaders from Mars (1953), told by William Cameron Menzies from a young boy’s point of view. Featuring flying saucers, eerie sounds, quicksand that sucks victims into an underground lair, raygun battles, and Martians in bold green jumpsuits with pronounced zippers! For the young boy who has the misfortune of discovering all of this in a field outside his window, the real nightmare begins when both his parents and the police refuse to take him seriously. You parents won’t look the same when it’s over!

Preceded at 6 p.m. by family-friendly DJ Velvet Einstein spinning tunes; a screening for all ages of short films including Georges Méliès’s beloved A Trip to the Moon (based on a Jules Verne story), with live musical accompaniment by Raymond Young and Ben Sudduth; and a reading from Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a story that features Méliès. Admission to the BAM galleries is always free for kids age twelve and under.

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