Last weekend, science fiction fans unrolled their sleeping bags and settled in for the 32nd Annual Science Fiction Marathon, sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Film Society. Over a dozen films—ranging from "Dr. Cyclops" to "Innerspace"—took center stage at Strosacker Auditorium January 19 and 20.
And if putting together that major event wasn't enough to keep them busy, the Film Society is sponsoring another big production this weekend. Moviegoers who want to support the growing community of Cleveland filmmakers can attend Local Filmmakers' Night on Saturday, January 27, beginning at 7 p.m.
Case alumni in town and beyond, current students and a cross section of everyone in between attended the sci-fi marathon. "These are people who probably cried when they had to get rid of their action figures in favor of a briefcase and tie," said Rob Kinsey, a Case student who works on the film committee, about the faithful fans who attend annually. The festival is always an opportunity to give people who love science fiction the chance to watch their favorite films nonstop on the silver screen. But Kinsey also speculated that one reason people enjoyed the festival is because it can "give kids who never completely grew up a chance to be themselves again."
Putting the annual event together could almost be described as a scientific process. The planning process takes months and involves dozens of people doing everything from booking the films to working the aisles during the movies. "There are rules about how often movies can be shown, and certain ones will never be shown again," Kinsey said.
Next on the group's agenda is Local Filmmakers' Night. For $3, attendees can watch an entire night of movies and short films made by Cleveland filmmakers, and the genres range from thrillers to drama. For more details, go to http://films.case.edu/.
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