This "nature documentary" presents the terrifying idea that humanity will meet its end via The Insect Uprising.
The Hellstrom Chronicle won the 1971 Academy Award for best documentary, despite being a unique blend of fact, fiction and fear. A precursor to modern mashups of reality TV and faux docs, the film offers us a unique opportunity to confront what happens when scientific presentation merges with horror and alarmism to create fantastic end of the world scenarios. The film features a dynamic performance by Lawrence Pressman, who pushes his zoological thesis to the brink. Set to a hypnotic score by Lalo Schifrin and lovingly photographed in macro cinematography, The Hellstrom Chronicle could alter your view of arthropods forever. This film begs the questions: How has our fear of nature warped our perception of Armageddon? Can there be a logical approach to Doomsday? Will insects actually destroy mankind??? Our panel of experts will be on hand after the screening to tackle these urgent questions.
Directors: Walon Green and Ed Spiegel. 1971. 90 min. Blu-Ray.
Part of the Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium. Co-presented by The Evolution Store.
Screening followed by live insect handling demonstration in the gallery space, with naturalist Margaret Stevens from the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
Ticket Price: $12, Film Club Member: $8.
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