IAH to Hold State Theatre Sci-Fi Extravaganza

Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities will make every science fiction fan at PSU squeal with glee on the weekend of October 15. On that weekend, they will hold a film festival consisting of a smorgasbord of legendary sci-fi films. More specifically, there will be films predicting how our world will go to Hell in a hand basket.

The IAH Film Festival, titled “Bad Futures” in what has to be one of the biggest understatements in human history, features a dystopian theme focusing on the near future. The festival will be held at The State Theatre and will include 15 films from various genres and decades. Prices range from $5 per film to $10 per day to $25 for a full weekend pass. However, if you’re blessed with a student ID, the tickets are free (!!) instead. Tickets can be purchased either by calling 814-272-0606 or going to the box office on West College Avenue.

The director of the IAH, Michael Bérubé, said the goal of the festival is to raise the profile of the IAH among students, faculty, and the community. When asked about his apparently overwhelming love for students (as per the free admission), he had this to say:

The buzz around this festival is very good over in the film and communications departments (we hope that spreads), and we want to be able to allow faculty to assign one or more of the films to their students.

One man’s being forced to watch The Matrix for a class is my gain. The lineup of movies being shown is a sci-fi fan’s wet dream and any such readers will probably need to change pants after reading it below.

Friday, October 15
1:00 pm Blade Runner (1982)
3:30 pm La Jetée (1962) / Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
7:00 pm Children of Men (2006)
9:15 pm Brazil (1985)
12:00 am A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Saturday, October 16
1:00 pm Sleeper (1973)
3:00 pm Gattaca (1997)
7:00 pm District 9 (2009)
9:30 pm Code 46 (2003)
12:00 am The Matrix (1999)

Sunday, October 17
12:00 pm Fail Safe (1964)
2:30 pm 28 Days Later (2002)
5:00 pm Metropolis (1927)
8:30 pm 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Keep on the lookout for a follow-up post on why these particular movies were chosen and which others got the snub.

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