First Contact

The idea of encountering something profoundly new and different—an alien life form or perhaps even alien intelligence—has fueled both humanity’s imagination and scientific endeavors for a long time. The thrill of such a discovery lies at the heart of our winter science fiction series. We are bringing you nine bona fide classics, ranging from the first (and still unsurpassed) War of the Worlds (1953), across a universe in which no one can hear you scream, to John Sayles’s ingenious charging of the “first contact” motif with racial politics in The Brother from Another Planet (1983). At the center of our series is the premiere screening of our latest museum treasure, probably still the world’s newest and most beautiful 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Date:
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. This vintage sci-fi gem remains the definitive screen adaptation of H. G. Wells’ classic novel about visitors from Mars with not-so-good intentions.
Date:
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. In Andrei Tarkovsky's visually stunning masterpiece, a psychologist travels to a space station orbiting the distant planet Solaris, finding the crew wrecked by emotional crisis and haunted by mysterious alien creatures.
Date:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. “In space no one can hear you scream.”
Date:
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
(SOLD OUT) First Contact | Primal Screen | Museum Treasures. The George Eastman Museum will present a brand-new 35mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and actor, Keir Dullea will introduce the film and join us again after the screening to share stories and insights about its making. 
Date:
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact | Museum Treasures. George Eastman Museum is proud to show a brand new 35mm print of Kubrick’s visionary sci-fi masterwork.
Date:
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. A deeply paranoid Russian/American Cold War co-op mission seeks to reactivate HAL 9000 and solve the mystery of the Monolith.
Date:
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact | Dryden Kids. Teenage outcasts Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix band together in Joe Dante’s DIY nuts-and-bolts outer-space adventure.
Date:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. A group of men escaping the Black Plague in the 14th century dig a tunnel with the goal of coming out on the other side of the earth.
Date:
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. The Brother, a true alien immigrant, assimilates to Harlem until intergalactic slavers attempt a repatriation.
Date:
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
First Contact. Contact is a thoughtful, philosophical exploration of what an encounter with an extraterrestrial intelligence might be like.