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Inspiration Week Film Festival

by The Staff on August 15, 2013


It’s been described as “Jaws in your home.” Pulse, a little-known classic of 1980s sci-fi, concerns a sentient electrical current that stalks and kills, and it’s being shown at Inspiration Week Film Fest at the Palace Theater on Sunday. Before the screening, Pulse writer-director Paul Golding, a Troy native, will give a talk on “true tales of Hollywood horror” about the absurd, funny and horrific changes that screenwriters are sometimes forced to make. Golding may even mention the movies he made with his friend from film school, George Lucas.

The film fest begins at noon with The Earth Rejects Him, a short film of Lovecraftian horror by Jared Skolnick, about a boy who discovers a corpse in the woods. New local release Little Bi Peep screens at 3:30 PM. Directed by the ever-entertaining Jon Russell Cring and starring actress, model, and the film’s screenwriter, Anna Shields, Bi follows the comedic misadventures of a 22-year-old party girl who works in a porn shop. Think Juno, only racier.

The premiere of Justice Is Mind follows at 5:30 PM. Written and directed by Massachusetts writer Mark Lund, this sci-fi thriller is set in a future where MRI technology can read your mind—resulting in a murder trial where the defendant has to face his own memory for a crime he can’t recall. A panel discussion with experts in MRI technology and legal ethics will follow.

Inspiration Week Film Fest at the Palace Theater (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) will take place from noon to 8:30 PM on Sunday (Aug. 18). Tickets are $18, or $28 in combination with Saturday’s History of Fashion Show. For more information, visit palacealbany.com.