Flying Saucer Cinema!

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Ready to welcome in the fall with some good old-fashioned science fiction? We’ve got exactly what you need! On Saturday, September 24 at 2:00pm, Flying Saucer Cinema, the brainchild and collaboration of those two sci-fi enthusiasts Eric Cohen and Mark Daniels, will be back, hosting a live online discussion on the classic, alien invasion film The War of the Worlds (1953, dir. Byron Haskin).

Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The army is called in, but they’re no match for the aliens’ force field. Forrester and Van Buren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens’ weakness. Participants are strongly encouraged to watch the film before the event. Rent it from Scarecrow or check here for streaming options. This program is free but registration is required.

Discussions are led by Mark Daniels and Eric Cohen, who are both passionate about science fiction and co-teach Flying Saucer Cinema, a classic sci-fi film class at North Seattle College. Daniels is also a longtime volunteer at Scarecrow Video and guest host on the podcast Treks in Sci-Fi, while Cohen has been leading a psychotronic film club for years.

Hungering for more classic science fiction? Under the same Flying Saucer Cinema banner, Eric and Mark will be teaching an in-person science-fiction film class this fall at North Seattle College! For details about the program, including dates, times, and sign-up information, click here.

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