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An Evening with Douglas Trumbull


UCLA Film & Television Archive, Visual Effects Society and Universal Pictures present

February 10, 2012 - 7:30 pm

An Evening with Douglas Trumbull

Free Admission!

In-person: filmmaker Douglas Trumbull.

Please note: The RSVP list for this event is full. Some tickets may be available on a rush basis the night of the screening?the box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and unclaimed tickets will be released beginning at 7:15 p.m. We cannot guarantee the availability of tickets except to those who have already received confirmations and who claim their tickets by 7:15 p.m.

Inventor, producer, artist Douglas Trumbull embodies the polymath spirit of cinema?s earliest pioneers?Georges M?li?s, in particular?and has left his own indelible mark on cinema?s past, present and future. Trumbull made his auspicious behind-the-scenes debut on Stanley Kubrick?s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), for which he developed the slit-scan technique used to create the film?s legendary ?Stargate? sequence. He went on to top himself again and again as a visual and photographic effects supervisor, contributing iconic imagery to some of the biggest films of the modern era, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1980), Blade Runner (1982) and most recently, Terrence Malick?s The Tree of Life (2011). Trumbull?s restless pursuit of technical innovation, including his development of the Showscan system in 1993, has always been driven by a desire to expand the cinema?s visual vocabulary.

40th Anniversary Screening! Digitally restored!

Silent Running (1972)
Directed by Douglas Trumbull

It isn?t easy being green, especially not in the near-apocalyptic future of Douglas Trumbull?s visionary sci-fi masterpiece Silent Running, when the last remnants of plant life on Earth have been transplanted to giant ships and launched into space until the planet can be made hospitable to nature again. Aboard the hi-tech ark "Valley Forge," botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) lovingly tends to the flora and fauna beneath majestic bio-domes like a futuristic Francis of Assisi. But when orders come that the celestial forests are to be destroyed, Lowell takes matters into his own hands risking both his life and his sanity to save the environment. A provocative and fascinating exploration of humanity?s capacity for both self-destruction and salvation, Silent Running carried the tradition of thoughtful science fiction cinema into the 1970s before Star Wars blasted the genre into a more action-oriented orbit. Universal Pictures. Blu-ray, color, 89 min.



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