Michael Crichton Film Series – Westworld
October 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Film series overview
Few American writers have been more concerned with the transformative power of science, and its unforeseen consequences, than Michael Crichton. In his work, Crichton demonstrated a keen ability to anticipate new technological developments long before they became reality and predict how even seemingly beneficial breakthroughs in biotechnology or artificial intelligence could quickly spiral out of their creators’ control. This fall, join the Linda Hall Library for a retrospective film series that considers how Crichton’s views on science and technology evolved during the final decades of the 20th century.
Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A will follow each screening.
About the October 14 film
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Stars Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, and James Brolin.
A 30-minute audience discussion and Q&A led by Brian Hare, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UMKC, will follow the screening.
The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Films will be screened at the UMKC Student Union Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Upcoming Michael Crichton films in the series
Free parking is available on the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry Street Parking Garage. There are entrances on Oak Street and Cherry Street. Parking on lower floors is reserved for vehicles with UMKC parking permits.