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45th Science Fiction Marathon - Jan. 17-19, 2020

Schedule Summary

More information will be released as we get closer to the Marathon itself. Updates will be announced on our Facebook page @CWRUFilms as well as through the 45th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon Facebook event page found here.

Pre-Marathon Event: For those that do not know, but CIA's Cinematheque long-time projectionist, and fellow Sci-Fi Marathon attendee Tom Sedlak passed away this November. As a tribute, Cinematheque is showing Demon Seed, one of his favorite films, the night before the marathon, January 16th, at 6:45pm. For more information, please visit the Demon Seed event page on Cinematheque's website.

Additional Concessions!: Starting from the start of Surprise 2, we will be selling Soylent Bottles with a bag of Soylent chips for $5.00 located at Concessions 2! While supplies last.

Here is the current schedule:

Friday, January 17
8:00pmAlita: Battle Angel (2019, PG-13, DCP)
10:35pmHoney, I Blew Up the Kid (1992, PG, 35mm)
Saturday, January 18
12:15amSurprise 1: Earth Girls are Easy (1988, PG, 35mm)
2:15amAvatar (2009, PG-13, Blu-ray)
5:15amBattle Beyond the Stars (1980, PG, Blu-ray)
7:25amAelita: Queen of Mars (1924, NR, DVD)
9:20amSurprise 2: Soylent Green (1973, PG, DCP)
11:30amThe Man Who Fell to Earth (1976, R, 4k DCP)
2:05pmCowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001, R, 35mm)
4:15pmSurprise 3: Escape from L.A. (1996, R, 35mm)
6:15pmLa Jetee (1963, NR, DVD)
6:45pm12 Monkeys (1995, R, Blu-ray)
9:15pmThe Dead Don't Die (2019, R, DCP)
11:15pmBlade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007, R, 4k DCP)

Be sure to check the 45th Annual Science Fiction Marathon Facebook Event for the most recent information.

See below or click the movie title for more detailed descriptions.

Food Schedule

Friday, January 17th
7:00 p.m. - Pizza ($2.00 / slice)

Saturday, January 18th
12:00 a.m. - Doughnuts ($1.00 each)
6:00 a.m. - Bagels ($2.00 each)
12:00 p.m. - Subs ($3.00 / quarter sub)
6:00 p.m. - Pizza ($2.00 / slice)

Check out the two concessions stands for a variety of snacks and drinks!

Food offerings, times, and cost subject to change. Check back for more information closer to the event.

During marathon, real-time updates will be posted to the CWRU Film Society Facebook Page.

Important Details

Free parking is available in both Lot 01A and Lot 44. Lot 1A is open for entry between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Friday, January 17th. Lot 44 will be available after 4:30 pm on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30 pm, you will have to pay for parking in the Veale Parking Tower (lot 53) at the posted rates. If you park at a location other than Lot 44 or Lot 1A, we are not responsible for any parking tickets or loss of access to your vehicle. It is highly suggested that marathon attendees stick with the lots we recommend.

Early Arrivals

If you arrive before 6pm on Friday for the Marathon, there will be NO OFFICIAL SPACE for you to camp out. If you intend to arrive early, please anticipate making your own arrangements.

Admission Information

Admission information is subject to correction. Please check back before finalizing your plans.

Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon is $30 per person. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18 at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

If you are unable to stay for the entire marathon, you may purchase tickets for movies individually. If you surrender a state or college ID to us, we will allow you to pay $4 per movie you wish to stay for. You are free to stay for more movies than you initially pay for, however you will be charged the balance before return of your ID. You may also simply purchase a wristband for the remaining balance of the marathon upon your arrival if you do not wish to surrender an ID (maximum charge of $30.)

Pre-sale tickets will be sold Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 17 in Tinkham Veale University Center. A $25 per marathon pass price will be available to CWRU faculty, staff, and students as well as employees of University Circle businesses. Other members of the community will be able to purchase for $30. All wristbands will be available for pick-up the evening of the event when the doors open. Pre-sale tickets do not allow you to enter the theater before 6:00 pm.


No alcohol. No glass bottles. No fire hazards. Bring deodorant. Bring a toothbrush. Don't forget your towel. Space for sleeping bags is available on a first-come first-served basis. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision. All bags are subject to inspection before admittance.

STAGE RULES: It is no longer possible to remove the classroom A/V equipment from the stage (stage right/house left side) for Marathon. Aside from losing precious mattress/sleeping bag real estate, we must prevail upon our audience to not fiddle with, place, store, or spill food & beverages on, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise in any way disturb that equipment.

Rules subject to change at the discretion of the CWRU Film Society. Check back closer to the event for any additional rules.

Detailed Movie Descriptions

Friday, January 17
8:00 p.m. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Rated PG-13 (122 min)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
With Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Format: DCP
A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
Read more about it at the IMDB

10:35 p.m. Honey, I Blew Up The Kid (1992)
Rated PG (89 min)
Director: Randal Kleiser
With Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri
Format: 35mm Film
The Szalinski family is back, this time hilarious disaster strikes when an experiment causes their new toddler son to grow many stories tall.
Read more about it at the IMDB

Saturday, January 19
12:15 a.m. SURPRISE 1: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Rated PG (100 min)
Director: Julien Temple
With Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey
Format: 35mm Film
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.
Read more about it at the IMDB

2:15 a.m. Avatar (2009)
Rated PG-13 (162 min)
Director: James Cameron
With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Format: Blu-ray
A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Read more about it at the IMDB

5:15 a.m. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Rated PG (104 min)
Director: Jimmy T Murakami
With George Peppard, Roberd Vaughn, Richard Thomas
Format: Blu-ray
A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.
Read more about it at the IMDB

7:25 a.m. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
Not Rated (101 min)
Director: Yakov Protazanov
With Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli
Format: DVD
A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the daughter of Tuskub, the ruler of a totalitarian state on Mars in which the working class are put into cold storage when they are not needed. With a telescope, Aelita is able to watch Los. As if by telepathy, Los obsesses about being watched by her. After some hugger-mugger involving the murder of his wife and a pursuing detective, Los takes the identity of Spiridonov and builds a spaceship. With the revolutionary Gusev, he travels to Mars, but the Earthlings and Aelita are thrown into prison by the dictator. Gusev and Los begin a proletarian uprising, and Aelita offers to lead the revolution, but she then establishes her own totalitarian regime. Los is shocked by this development and attempts to stop Aelita, and then reality and fantasy become confused, and Los discovers what has really happened.
Read more about it at the IMDB
Live score Performed byJeff Rapsis.

9:20 a.m. SURPRISE 2: Soylent Green (1973)
Rated PG (97 min)
Director: Richard Fleischer
With Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young
Format: DCP
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.
Read more about it at the IMDB

11:30 a.m. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Rated R (139 min)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
With David Bowie, Rip torn, Candy Clark
Format: 4k DCP
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Read more about it at the IMDB

2:05 p.m. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Rated R (88 min)
Directors: Shin'ichro Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
With Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest
Format: 35mm Film
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.
Read more about it at the IMDB

4:15 p.m. SURPRISE 3 (????)
Rated R (101 min)
Format: 35mm Film
I wonder what this film might be? Show up to find out!

6:15 p.m. La Jetee (1962)
Not Rated (28 min)
Director: Chris Marker
With Etienne Becker, Jean Negroni, Helene Chatelain
Format: DVD
The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.
Read more about it at the IMDB

6:45 p.m. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Rated R (129 min)
Director: Terry Gilliam
With Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt
Format: Blu-ray
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Read more about it at the IMDB

9:15 p.m. The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Rated R (104 min)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
With Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits
Format: DCP
The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Read more about it at the IMDB

11:15 p.m. Blade Runner (Final Cut) (1982/2007)
Rated R (117 min)
Director: Ridley Scott
With Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Format: 4k DCP
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Read more about it at the IMDB