Portals: History of the Future Film Series - Sleeper

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

6:00 PM-8:03 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-06-01 18:00 - 20:03


For five weeks this spring, the Providence Public Library welcomes you to travel through time, visit utopian and dystopian worlds, and experience multiple dimensions as we present Portals: History of the Future Film Series. Spanning 100 years of the moving image, we invite you to take a deep dive into our collective psyches, to discover how through time, cinema has captured our imaginations of our future world(s). From the fantastical to the disastrous, the hilarious to the incredible, each film sheds light on our collective hopes, dreams and fears about what the future holds.

JUNE 1 -

Sleeper- 1973 Comedy

Director by Woody Allen

Written by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck


89 minutes

Q&A: Matthew Bird, local designer and design historian, and currently Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at RISD will lead a short discussion of the film. At RISD, Matthew teaches studio classes, metal shop classes and industrial design history.

In 2173, scientists discover the 200 year old cryogenically frozen body of Miles, a quiet, awkward clarinet player and health food store owner from Greenwich Village. Miles is enlisted to help anti-government radicals overthrow the totalitarian police state that has destroyed any evidence of recorded history.

Off on his own, Miles begins to explore this brave new world, which has Orgasmatron booths and confessional robots to replace sex and religion.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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