March 2, 2001
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) launches Alternate Futures, a new film series that showcases other-worldly experiences with some of the screen's finest science fiction creations. To add an air of nostalgia, we will begin each film with a `Flash from the Past' by featuring a nail-biting episode starring a true Serial superstar, Flash Gordon. All films will be screened between March 1 and April 15, 2001 in the beautiful Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater at MoPA. General admission is $7.50 to each double feature, $6 for museum members and $5 for students, seniors and children.
"As always, I try to work as many different films from as many different periods as possible into these series," said MoPA's FIlm Curator Scott Marks. "This time around I wanted to offer even more, therefore each film will begin with a `Flash from the past' via an original episode featuring the granddaddy of interplanetary travel, Flash Gordon."
During March and April, sci-fi classics like Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, Rudolph Mate's When Worlds Collide and Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still will be featured along with contemporary masterpieces that include Richard Fleisher's Soylent Green, Nicholas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth, George Miller's Road Warrior, Julien Temple's Earth Girls are Easy and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.
Also included is the enigmatic short film La Jette by documentary filmmaker Chris Marker, as well as Twelve Monkeys, a remake of Mark-er's time-travel tale by former Monty Python Terry Gilliam.
From nuclear disasters and intergalactic invasions to post-apocalyptic societies and full-on musicals, Alternate Futures truly offers something for everyone, no matter what planet they're from.
Classic Flash Gordon
No look at science fiction on film would be complete without a visit from Flash Gordon. Episodes from the series Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe are featured. One episode will be shown prior to each feature film, showcasing Flash, Dale, Doc Zarkov and, of course, Ming the Merciless.