Robert Zemeckis: Close Encounters with Carrie Rickey
Saturday, October 27
filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has taken us Back to the Future, through the
American century in Forrest Gump and to the edge of the cosmos in
Contact. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit he imagined a human detective with a
cartoon bunny as a client, each negotiating the physics of
two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. A wizard who weds
bleeding-edge technology to humanist narrative, Zemeckis films are as
intriguing for their digital effects as they are for how he integrates
them to tell primal stories.
Flight, the filmmaker’s latest, stars Denzel Washington as an airline
pilot who by the seat of his pants steers his aircraft out of a nosedive
before experiencing other kinds of turbulence. Before Flight’s local
premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival, Zemeckis will talk about the
stories behind his film stories with film critic Carrie Rickey. A
highlight reel of scenes from Zemeckis films will open the conversation,
during which the director will talk about a specific sequence in Flight
and take questions from the audience.
Close Encounters, an occasional series at the Kimmel, was inaugurated
in February with the interview of Kevin Bacon. It is made possible by a
generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation and the gracious cooperation
of Paramount Pictures.
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