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The 40th Annual 24-Hour Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon

PMIOZ: February 2015


2/15, 4:00pm–2/16, 4:00pm at the Somerville Theatre!

This year will be my 19th attending what I consider, at this point, one gnarly American tradition: the 40th Annual 24-Hour Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon.

Science fiction goes way back, with the more recent development of the sci-fi film delivering its message with particular exuberance. From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) and James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) on through Rod Serling and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and beyond . . . science fiction delivers on being the most philosophical of genres—“a literature of ideas,” according to Pamela Sargent.

Here in Boston exists the oldest genre-film festival in the world! It, of course, is a celebration of the best genre that exists in this world of ours: SCIENCE FICTION. Lester del Rey said, “there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction,” and this is precisely why it’s the pinnacle of all genres. Sci-fi will often surprise and expand the minds of its consumers. These consumers, in turn, often come away from it with new ideas; a beautiful exchange if there ever was one. Come celebrate the genre with film. Join in on this singular, stellar, annual event. A real Boston experience. Davis Square is a great place to hang out in for 24+ hours. Tell Garen that the Compass/Hassle sent you.

This year’s lineup includes The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) w/special guest Douglas Trumbull, This Island Earth (1955), Them! (1954), Moonraker (1979), and many more! Max ups to the DICK MILLER FAN CLUB.

Tickets $65 for entire ‘Thon

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