ArtYard’s Big Screen Wonders Film Festival is a series dedicated to films that demand a giant screen. The festival includes feature films and virtual Q&As with artists behind the films to engage the audience. The films will be screened on ArtYard’s two-story-tall film screen in the McDonnell Theater on Saturday evenings in January.
The festival is curated by Joshua Handler, founder and programmer of Picturehouse 441, a series featuring intimate virtual Q&As with various filmmakers and actors.
The first film is Blade Runner: The Final Cut, followed by a conversation with Handler and writer Hampton Fancher.
Upon its release in 1982, Blade Runner opened to mixed reviews and middling box office in a cut that wreaked of studio intervention. A decade later, Ridley Scott released a director’s cut that more closely aligned with his vision, and it was immediately hailed as a landmark work of cinema (this was followed by the 2007 final cut, Scott’s preferred version). A potent mix of film noir, science fiction, and dystopian drama, Blade Runner is an uncommonly intelligent work that asks major philosophical questions about what makes human beings human.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples, Philip K. Dick
Stars: Harrison, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Run Time: 1h 50m
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.