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Michael Crichton Film Series – Runaway
November 11, 2019,6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Film series overview
Few American writers have been more concerned with the transformative power of science, and its unforeseen consequences, than Michael Crichton. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control. This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series that considers how Crichton’s views on science and technology evolved during the final decades of the 20th century.
Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A will follow each screening.
About the November 11 film
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots… and his son becomes a target. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Stars Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, and Kirstie Alley.
A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A led by robotics expert Dr. Travis Fields, Assistant Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at UMKC, will follow each screening.
The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Upcoming Michael Crichton films in the series
- December 9: Jurassic Park (1993)
Free parking is available on the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry Street Parking Garage. There are entrances on Oak Street and Cherry Street. Parking on lower floors is reserved for vehicles with UMKC parking permits.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.