Without a doubt, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest and most philosophical science-fiction films ever made. It has provided some of cinema’s most famed icons—the monolith, the ape bone toss, the HAL-9000, the Star-Gate, and the strange hotel suite. 50 years later, 2001 is more relevant than ever, as we organize our lives amidst a culture of technology and vast potential.
We invite you to join us for a mind-bending evening that will feature multi-media presentations, a panel discussion, film clips and video about Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece and its icons for the 21st century. Produced by Barry Vacker and Brooke Storms of Temple University and presented by The Gershman Y, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and TUTV-Temple University Television & The Rudman Media Production Center.
Our event will conclude with a complimentary reception and book signing with an opportunity to meet and mingle with guest panelists and authors.
A 21st Century View of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Gershman Y
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PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE in honor of Israel70
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