The following films will screen at the 42nd Boston Science Fiction Marathon (aka “The ‘Thon”) from 12 Noon on Sunday, February 19th to 12 Noon on Monday, February 20th. In addition to The ‘Thon in Moviehouse One, a Sidebar Program will take place in the lower level Screening Room. All showtimes and films are subject to change.
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10:15am: Doors Open
11am: In Memoriam
Bid farewell to everyone we lost since last year’s ‘Thon in this annual video tribute.
11:50am: Tribute to Carrie Fisher
11:55am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
12pm: DUCK DODGERS
Brother, when it disintegrates, it disintegrates. Join Duck Dodgers and Marvin The Martian in this traditional Warner Bros. kick-off to The ‘Thon.
12:08pm: HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
(US, 2005) Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” d: Garth Jennings cast: Martin Freeman, Jaslin Bey, Sam Rockwell / 1hr 49min
2:01pm: GALAXY QUEST
(US, 1999) The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. d: Dean Parisot cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman / 1hr 42min
3:44pm: Alien Mating Cry Contest
3:54pm: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
(US, 1954) A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. d: Jack Arnold cast: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning / 1hr 19min
(US, 1997) There is no gene for the human spirit. d: Andrew Niccol cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law / 1hr 46min
7:07pm: MAD MAX FURY ROAD
(US, 2015) A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. d: George Miller cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult / 2hrs
9:07pm: ADHD (hat)
(US, 1985) Was that Buttle or Tuttle? A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. d: Terry Gilliam cast: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert DeNiro / 2hr 12min
11:31pm: Nina Unlocked
Enjoy a date with the perfect mate.
(Spain, 2008) A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. d: Nacho Vigalondo cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga / 1hr 32min
1:16am: JOHN DIES AT THE END
(US, 2012) A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? d: Don Coscarelli cast: Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes / 1hr 39min
3am: THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME
(US, 1979) The original short film that inspired the 1988 feature film of the same name. d: Mike Jittlov / 3min
3:03am: NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH
(France, 2015) The soldiers in a French army unit in Afghanistan begin disappearing one by one. When the Taliban starts losing men too, they join forces to solve the mystery. d: Clement Cogitore cast: Jeremie Renier, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert / 1hr 40min
4:43am: Wake Up With Tony
“A slick, high-energy action picture” Roger Ebert
(US, 1981) An elite squad on a rescue mission is hunted by something they can’t see. d: John McTiernan cast: Arnold, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura / 107min
6:39am: THIS GIANT PAPIER MACHE BOULDER IS ACTUALLY REALLY HEAVY
(New Zealand, 2016) A SCIFI 41 Festival Favorite! Three ordinary guys are thrust into a parallel world of an old Sci-Fi movie. Trapped in a low budget universe they must somehow fight their way home before it is too late. d: Christian Nicholson cast: Christian Nicholson, Sez Niederer, Daniel Pujol / 1hr 52min
8:28am: THE ROCKETEER
(US, 1991) A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. d: Joe Johnston cast: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin / 1hr 48min
10:17am: Farewell & Closing Remarks
(US, 1990) Earl & Val want to leave dead end Perfection except Annelida & friends are stopping them, and they ain’t no purty gals. d: Ron Underwood cast: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward / 1hr 36min
SCREENING ROOM / LOWER LEVEL
Need a change of scenery from Moviehouse One? Come down to the Screening Room and enjoy an intimate film lineup!
1:45am: ENERGY!!! THE MOVIE
(Italy, 1993) Discovery! US Premiere. An energy scientist is holed up in a hotel challenged by elites, and a scheming mistress. Never shown in the US, the film stars acid-guru Timothy Leary in one of his last performances. d: Andrea Marfori (Evil Clutch)
3:45am: Hal Wagner’s Favorite Festival Shorts Collection
BostonSciFi Technical Director Hal Wagner’s collection of Festival favorites.
5:45am: VIRTUAL REVOLUTION
(France/US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner. Paris 2047. Everybody seems to be spending all their time connected to virtual worlds, and with reality taking a back seat, no one seems to care when restive naturalists start disappearing. Noirish. d: Guy-Roger Duvert / 93min
7:45am: Suzz Cromwell’s Favorite Festival Shorts Collection
BostonSciFi Co-Curator Suzz Cromwell’s collection of Festival favorites.
9:45am: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP K. DICK
(France, 2015) Blade Runner. Minority Report. Total Recall. Paycheck. And more. Cinema has been drawn to Philip K. Dick’s work. Themes of memory, loss of self, controlled societies all echo in the 21st century. This documentary explore the man, his writings and his films. d: Yann Couquart / 52min