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BFI For An Evening Of Psychedelic Classics
Mat Colegate , November 3rd, 2014 11:28

BFI set the controls to maximum mind-pummel on November 4

As part of their Sci Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder season the BFI will be presenting Jet Propelled Cinema: How Psychedelia Infected Hollywood Sci-Fi, a series of brain melting psychedelic shorts, on Tuesday 4 November.

Say the BFI: "Mainstream cinema has frequently appropriated the dynamic innovations of the avant-garde. Many of the filmmakers from the West Coast art scene in this programme would later provide special effects for – or see their films influence – the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Empire Strikes Back and The Right Stuff. Tonight, however, we present their original and rawest psychedelic works; vivid, pulsing, multi-coloured, mind-blowing films from as far back as the 1950s. They changed how we saw outer space – and the metaphysical space within. The programme includes key classic titles such as: Yantra (dir. James Whitney); Momentum (dir. Jordan Belson); 7362 (dir. Pat O'Neill - take a look below); OffOn (dir. Scott Bartlett), plus some very rarely-screened surprises. Join us for an interstellar excursion into new consciousness, space and the cybernetic imagination."

The evening has been curated and will be introduced by Stuart Heaney and William Fowler. Neither the Quietus nor the BFI accept any responsibility for the contents of your puny egg-brains following exposure. For more info and to buy tickets, head here.