Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)

Date/Time
Date(s) - Sun. Aug. 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Velaslavasay Panorama

Instructor

Admission
$13 / $11 VPES Members BUY TICKETS

Co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Velaslavasay Panorama, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Atlas Obscura

THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (aka THE PLANTS ARE WATCHING, 1979)

Can spider plants sense pain? Is fern telepathy feasible? The empathic, ecophilic Laurie (Nancy Boykin) thinks so, most days eschewing human interactions in favor of quality time with her fiddle-leaf fig tree. After a sudden tragedy, her sister Rilla (Nancy Snyder), a photographer and the film’s narrator, subsumes Laurie’s plant obsession, believing that certain secrets lie within their leaves. Beautifully shot by João Fernandes (Bloodrage, 1980), The Kirlian Witness is a botanical thriller of dendritic proportions, and an essential entry in the tiny but rich horticultural horror canon.

The screening is at 7pm, but enjoy a pre-screening reception in the gardens of the Velaslavasay Panorama from 6pm onwards. Film program begins at 7pm at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. (www.panoramaonview.org). Tickets $13 ($11 VPES members.)

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This class is held in conjunction with several city-wide events celebrating Sacred Bones Records’ re-release of Mort Garson’s classic 1976 electronic concept album, Mother Earth’s Plantasia. Other events in this series include Atlas Obscura’s Plantasia listening party at the UCLA Botanical Gardens on August 10 + 11 (https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/plantasia-at-ucla-botanical-garden-aug-2019) and Kier-La Janisse’s class Murder Season: Crime-Solving Plants and Other Vegetal Horrors at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies on Thurs. Sept 12.

 

 

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