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Steampunk Films Reminder

March 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Wednesday March 23rd

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc Sec and Steamboy

Doors and cash bar open at 6:00PM — free popcorn!!
Candy for sale at the bar (what’s a movie without Red Vines?!)
Raffle for fabulous STEAMPUNK schwag!! Come in Costume!!!
Films start at 7:00PM – there will be a short intermission between films

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc Sec — (102 mins., PG, subtitled; a film adaptation of the Franco-Belgian comics series of the same name, written and illustrated by French comics artist Jacques Tardi. Directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element)

Ah, Paris before the Great War! When museum professors had telepathic powers, dinosaurs could hatch from 136 million year old eggs, and the Museum of Natural History is the happening place to be. Adèle Blanc-Sec, a journalist, finds herself involved in all of it after returning from Egypt where she (but of course!) was on a quest to find the Pharaoh’s mummified doctor. Can she revive the mummy in time to save her sister Agathe, who is in a coma following an unfortunate incident? Only parasols and pocketwatches will tell! Don’t miss this stylish, smart, and polished steampunk feature film – unreleased commercially in the United States, SF in SF is delighted to present this film for you!

(This is being delivered via secret courier, as soon as the clock strikes midnight, the puff of the poison dart releasing the secret chamber wherein lies the only known print that will be able to be shown once before disappearing in a miasma of absinthe-scented powder… should anything go wrong with that scenario, we’ll be screening Vidocq)

Steamboy — (126 mins., PG, anime; directed and co-written by Katsuhiro Otomo, his second major anime release, following Akira.)

A steampunk SF epic, set in the alternate universe of 1860’s Victorian England. A young inventor, Ray Steam, receives an inheritance from his grandfather — a mysterious metal “steam ball” containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. Does this prodigy use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction? Or does he join in the deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power? All the brass, steam, locomotives, leather and jet packs one could desire in a steampunk flick!!

We’ll be raffling off some awesome Steampunk Schwag before the films:

  • a set of Steampunk I & Steampunk II: Reloaded, signed by Jeff & Ann VanderMeer
  • a signed copy of the unreleased Steampunk Bible, edited by Jeff VanderMeer
  • a set of Steampunk Wall Decorations
  • a Steampunk brass necklace
  • a trade paperback with matching poster of Joe Lansdale’s Flaming Zeppelins

Suggested donation at the door $10 per person – all door proceeds go to help Nova Albion bring back The Aetheric Calliope convention in 2012!!! Bar proceeds and tips go to Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California! Last year we raised over $800 for these nonprofits – come join us and let’s double that amount!!

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor – entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

Don’t Drive – BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here.

Tags: Mar11 · Movies