Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was one of the best-known
science fiction and fantasy writers of our time, producing
such enduring works as The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit
451, and The Illustrated Man. His stories and novels
often criticize our relationship to technology, yet also
display poetic optimism about humankind’s place in the
cosmos. His explanation of this apparent contradiction
was simple: “People ask me to predict the future, when
all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it.”
This series explores the breadth of Bradbury’s imaginative
writing on screen. Films inspired by his books sit
alongside films that he scripted himself. Though a child
of the Midwest, he grew up in Hollywood and had the joy
(and the pain) of working extensively in film.
This series is
sponsored by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, College
Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI Arts & Humanities
Institute, IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Science
on Screen, Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Jonathan
Eller, Phil Nichols, University of Wolverhampton,
U.K., and Chris Eller. All screenings will have academic
introductions and many will be followed by discussions.
Screenings are free, but ticketed.