October 20, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The original radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

The presentation, which is part of Bucknell University's Film/Media Series, will be introduced by Eric Faden, associate professor of English and film/media studies. Admission is $2.

"We're going to dim the lights and simply let everyone listen to the art of radio," said Faden. "The original radio show of an alien attack on Earth was broadcast live on Halloween in 1938 and caused a panic nationwide as many people were unaware it was a radio broadcast."

In 1938, the first two thirds of the Welles' 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, and the show ran without commercial breaks, leading listeners to believe it was a news broadcast and not entertainment.

Films for multiple projectors
Experimental film-maker Roger Beebe will present "Films for one to eight projectors" on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre. Admission to the event, which is co-sponsored with the Samek Art Gallery, is $2.

"Beebe will transform the theatre into a multi-screen space where numerous films play simultaneously," said Faden. "He also will introduce the project and participate in a question-and-answer session."

Beebe's films have shown worldwide from Sundance to the Museum of Modern Art and from McMurdo Station in Antarctica to the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square. "Films for one to eight projectors" builds from the relatively straightforward two-projector films "The Strip Mall Trilogy" and "TB TX DANCE" to the more elaborate three-projector studies "Money Changes Everything" and "AAAAA Motion Picture" before the eight-projector contemplation on the mysteries of space, "Last Light of a Dying Star."

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