This year's Marathon will include the Midwest Premiere (and 2nd U.S. screening) of FIRST ON THE MOON, which just screened at the New Directors/New Films program at Lincoln Center. Directed by Alexey Fedorchenko, the Russian faux documentary uncovers the secret history of a secret Soviet space program pre-Sputnik. The film begins in the spring of 1938 in the Chilean Andes, where a mysterious object fell in flames. Investigation by a film crew uncovers a covert space program developed in the Soviet Union pre-World War II. The film explores a world in which Soviet scientists and military authorities had developed a spaceship 23 years before Yuri Gagarin ever orbited the Earth.
The festival will also include the Midwest Premiere of the six award-winning films from the 1st Annual Science Fiction Short Film Festival held at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington in February. This presentation will include award-winning shorts from directors from the US, Canada, Ireland and Israel.
Other highlights of this year's Marathon include a special 50th Anniversary tribute and screening of the 1956 classic, FORBIDDEN PLANET, starring Leslie Neilsen, Anne Francis and the screen debut of Robby the Robot; The Columbus Premiere of GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004) in purportedly the last of the Big G's 28 films; KING KONG, the restored 1933 all-time classic that inspired the recent Hollywood blockbuster; a rare showing of George Romero's only science fiction film, THE CRAZIES; the first U.S. showing of the award winning films from the 1st Annual Science Fiction Short Film Festival recently held at Seattle's new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame; and SERENITY, director Joss Whedon's action-packed big screen episode of the cult hit television series FIREFLY.
The festival will also include screenings of the 1973 WESTWORLD directed by Michael Chrichton; Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN starring Jack Nicholson; Robby the Robot's follow-up to FORBIDDEN PLANET, THE INVISIBLE BOY from 1957 one of the first films to deal with super-computers going berserk. Also on tap will be selected chapters of the 1943 classic serial, THE BATMAN, which is a hundred times more thrilling on the big screen; all-time Marathon favorite short subjects such as SPACEBOY, GRAVITY, DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24 ½ CENTURY and, amazing-but-true, over one hundred classic Science Fiction movie trailers will be screened during the Marathon.
Tickets for the 23rd Annual Ohio Science Fiction Film Festival are $27 until April 16; $30 April 17-21; and $33 at the door (if available). Tickets are on sale now at the Drexel Gateway Theatre, 1550 N. High St.; the Drexel Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Ave.; the Drexel East, 2254 E. Main St.; and The Laughing Ogre Comic Shop, 4258 N. High St. Phone orders are available by calling the Drexel Business Office at (614) 222-0947 from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. weekdays. For complete information and online tickets, visit the Drexel website at www.drexel.net.