Dawn or Doom movie festival Sept. 15-18 at Purdue

September 2, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – "Inception" and "Jurassic Park" are among the movies being shown during a Sept. 15-18 film festival at Purdue that is being held in conjunction with the university's technology summit, Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion.

The summit, which is Sept. 18 on the Purdue campus, will explore whether technology is advancing faster than our ability to understand, regulate or control it, and what can be done about this situation. The event, co-sponsored by Information Technology at Purdue and Purdue Convocations, is free and open to the public.

The film festival will look at how science fiction and popular culture have examined similar issues.

The movies, which are free and open to the public, will be shown Sept. 15-17 on the Purdue Memorial Union lawn, and the Sept. 18 films will be shown on the lawn of the Agricultural Administration Building.

A schedule and brief description of the movies:

* Sept. 15. 8 p.m. PMU lawn. "Transcendence" (119 minutes). A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

* Sept. 16. 8 p.m. PMU lawn. "Inception" (148 minutes). A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

* Sept. 17. 8 p.m. PMU lawn. "Jurassic Park" (127 minutes). During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

* Sept. 18. 10 a.m. Agricultural Administration Building lawn. "Tron" (96 minutes). A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

* Sept. 18. Noon. Agricultural Administration Building lawn."Gattaca" (108 minutes). A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

* Sept. 18. 1:30 p.m. Agricultural Administration Building lawn. "Dr. Strangelove" (95 minutes). An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

Sources: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

Jason Doty, producer/director for customer relations, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-494-7091, rjdoty@purdue.edu

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