Psychadelic Cinema: Black Is + Fantastic Voyage (1966)

With Professor Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis
2820 E 33rd St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

Join us for a night of throwback psychedelic cinema from 1966 at the fringes of low and high culture. Richard Fleisher’s mindblowing eye candy Fantastic Voyage boasts an array of spectacular effects in gorgeous DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. A group of Cold War-era scientists shrinks down to miniscule size to save a Czech scientist’s precious brain…. from the inside. Battling antibodies, corpuscles, and a communist infiltrator, the intrepid navigators are buoyed by the American military complex and Raquel Welch’s starmaking turn in a skintight diving suit. Fantastic Voyage will be preceded by avant-garde multimedia artist Aldo Tambellini’s Black Is (1965), a short shown as part of the famous “Psychedelia” event held at Tambellini’s renowned Gate Theater in New York City in 1966. It’s gonna be a real trip.

This screening was curated by Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, who will also introduce the program. Szczepaniak-Gillece is an assistant professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the author of The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2018) as well as multiple articles in journals and anthologies. Her current book, Movies Under the Influence, looks to nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, marijuana, opium, and psychedelics to examine their impact on the history of film going and movie watching.