Altered States: Film Screenings

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

The 2011 Adult Winter Reading Program complements its great reads with great films that operate under the same premise as Altered States by presenting alternate versions of our world, films that twist cultures and characters in order to advance improbable plots and harrowing images.

DYSTOPIAN DEPICTIONS

Physics makes it plain: what goes up, must come down. History supports this notion with evidence that civilizations eventually decline and sometimes fall – and Hollywood enjoys a well-aged civilization in decay.

Film screenings take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

January 3 - Brazil (1985)
January 10 - City of Ember (2008)
January 24 - Logan’s Run (1976)
January 31 - Equilibrium (2002)

NO SINGLE THING ABIDES: FILMS INSPIRED BY PHILIP K. DICK

Novelist Philip K. Dick has provided Hollywood with many compelling stories made even more appealing by the strange yet vaguely familiar worlds in which their events unfold.

Film screenings take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

February 7 - A Scanner Darkly (2006)
February 14 - Paycheck (2003)
February 21 - Minority Report (2002)
February 28 - Next (2007)

BADLANDS

An imagined worldwide holocaust can make for a good story – just ask Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy. Postapocalyptic films offer unforgettable images of scarred and broken worlds as well as the unforgettable struggles of survivors.

Film screenings take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

March 7 - On the Beach (1959)
March 14 - Mad Max (1979)
March 21 - I am Legend (2007)
March 28 - 12 Monkeys (1995)

READ IT / WATCH IT DISCUSSION GROUP

Join Kansas City Public Library Readers’ Advisory expert (and film enthusiast) Kaite Stover – who appears regularly as a ‘Book Doctor’ on KCUR 89.3 FM – for film screenings and lively conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are part of the Winter Reading Suggested Readings list. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source novel prior to the film screening.

The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)
Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library

The Road (2009)
Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Bluford Conference Center, L.H. Bluford Branch

Children of Men (2006)
Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Truman Forum, Plaza Branch