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SAN DIEGO – FilmOut San Diego is presenting Super Sci-Fi Saturday this weekend at the historic Birch North Park Theatre, and the all-day event is proving to be a crucial fundraising effort for the non-profit group.
Last month, FilmOut board members were forced at the last minute to cancel the monthly screening, a tribute to gay icon Whitney Houston, when the movie studio that owns “The Bodyguard” pulled the worldwide rights to screen the film so that it could show it nationwide late last month. The cancellation was a blow to the non-profit, which raises money at its monthly screening to help produce the annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival.
FilmOut had expected a huge turnout for the Whitney Houston tribute and a successful raffle, so losing that revenue came at a crucial time as board members are raising money to present the film festival from May 30 through June 3 at the Birch.
"We lost money on Warner Brothers cancelling of 'The Bodyguard,' so we hope to make up the cost of Super Sci-Fi Saturday on April 7 and John Waters' 'Cry-Baby' on April 18," said Michael McQuiggan, FilmOut festival programmer.
Super Sci-Fi Saturday, which runs on April 7, is one of FilmOut’s occasional all-day screenings devoted to one film genre.
"This is an opportunity for FilmOut to provide audiences with all types of genre cinema in addition to our Monthly Cult films, past events such as Thrill-O-Rama & 70's Disaster Day, and of course our LGBT film festival," McQuiggan said.
"FilmOut is trying to reach all audiences, so that there is something for all types of films to be shown in San Diego, that normally wouldn't. We are following the path that the Castro in San Francisco, and The Aero, Egyptian and New Beverly in Los Angeles do. They are extremely successful, so San Diego should be too," he said.
Films are scheduled to run from noon to midnight. Food and dessert will also be served during the event, compliments of sponsors including West Coast Tavern, Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s and Gossip Grill.
"There will be a Costume Contest at 4 pm. Top 3 costumes will be awarded prizes: Festival passes, gift certificates and one cash award," McQuiggan said.
"Additionally, there will be musical guest -- Graham Skipper from 'Re-Animator the Musical ' -- there to sing a couple songs before the actual
screening of 'Re-Animator,'" he said.
"Super Sci-Fi Saturday is presented by FilmOut, Horrible Imaginings, Pink Egg Media and Mance Creative," he said. "Sponsors include SD PIX, SDGLN, Rage, Flawles, Do It In Gay San Diego, GSDBA, Fit, FlawLes, Missing Ink, Live Magazine and Gay San Diego."
Here are the movies with a description and their trailers:
Noon: “Logan’s Run”
Directed by Michael Anderson.
Description: In the Year of the City 2274, humans forsake the ravaged outer environment by living in a vast, bubbled metropolis. There, computerized servo-mechanisms provide all needs and everyone can pursue endless hedonism. Endless, that is, until Lastday. That’s when anyone who’s 30 must submit to Carrousel, a soaring, spinning trip to eternity and supposed rebirth. The screen’s first use of laser holography provides some of the sci-fi kicks in the post apocalyptic saga honored with a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects. Michael York plays Logan 5, a government Sandman authorized to terminate Runners fleeing Carrousel. Logan is almost 30. Catch him if you can. With Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
Running Time: 118 minutes
2 pm: “Flash Gordon”
Directed by Mike Hodges.
Description: In this update of the 1930s comic strip, Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's (Topol) rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson). The threesome is drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, controlled by Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow). Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter (Ornella Muti) and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world. With Timothy Dalton. Music by QUEEN.
Running Time: 111 minutes
4:30 pm: “Barbarella”
Directed by Roger Vadim.
Description: Barbarella is marked by the same audacity and originality, fantasy, humor, beauty and horror, cruelty and eroticism that make comic books such a favorite. The setting is the planet Lythion in the year 40,000, when Barbarella (Jane Fonda) makes a forced landing while traveling through space. She acts like a female James Bond, vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters. She also rewards, in an uninhibited manner, the handsome men who assist her in the adventure. Whether she is wrestling with Black Guards, the evil Queen (Anita Pallenberg), or the Angel Pygar (John Phillip Law), she just can’t seem to avoid at least part of her skin-tight space suit! With David Hemmings & Marcel Marceau.
Running Time: 98 minutes
6:30 pm: “The Fly”
Directed by David Cronenberg.
Description: Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
Running Time: 96 minutes
8:15 pm: “Re-Animator”
Graham Skipper of “Re-Animator the Musical” will make a personal appearance at the evening performance.
Directed by Stuart Gordon.
Description: Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a brilliant medical student who has perfected a green-glowing serum for regenerating life into dead things -- or even parts of dead things. But a corrupt superior, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), assumes control of West's experiments and winds up, by ghastly necessity, using the stuff on his own severed head and body. West and in-over-his-head co-worker Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) struggle to control the now out-of-control effects of the serum, but the bone-saws and zombies complicate their plans. One of the most over-the-top zombie gore films from the 1980s; see this with an audience! With Barbara Crampton.
Running Time: 86 minutes
10 pm: “Frankenhooker”
Directed by Frank Henelotter.
Description: A fair share of laughs are on display here, thanks to Henenlotter's typically energetic devil-may-care brand of gruesome humor. (James Lorinz), a neurotic electrician and aspiring mad scientist, who goes completely 'round the bend after his slightly pudgy girlfriend (former Penthouse pet, Patty Mullen) is shredded by his latest invention, a remote-control lawn mower. Preserving her head in his mom's freezer, he sets out to acquire shapely female parts to rebuild the rest of her, focusing his search on the city's red-light district. After watching a news feature on crack addiction among local prostitutes, Franken hits on the solution and invents a formula for "supercrack," which triggers the spontaneous detonation of anyone who smokes it. After blowing apart a hotel roomful of unfortunate ladies, he spirits their scattered limbs home to his garage laboratory, where his patchwork creation is eventually brought to life in a hilarious lift from "The Bride Of Frankenstein." Apparently, her brain spent too much time bobbing in the same preservative bath used for the hooker-parts, since she is instantly compelled to peddle her assets on every street corner in town, resulting in the high-voltage deaths of several johns (who are not entirely dissatisfied with their choice of demise). Her exploits reach the attention of sadistic pimp Zorro (Joseph Gonzalez), who, obsessed with finding the person responsible for blowing up his women, tracks her back to Franken's lab for the inevitable (and quite disgusting) confrontation.
Running Time: 85 minutes
An all-day pass is $20. Tickets are $5 per movie. For tickets, click HERE.
To help pay for Super Sci-Fi Saturday, FilmOut has created a Flexible Funding campaign to receive donations. The goal is to raise $2,000 to help fund the event, which board members say costs about $4,000 to produce, and to date about half that amount has been raised. Donors to the campaign are entitled to certain perks, including ticket discounts.