AV Geeks: How Star Wars Ruined Educational Films

November, 18, 2008, by Tim

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On Sunday night, November 23rd, AV Geeks presents How Star Wars Ruined Educational Films, a video compilation of educational films that awkwardly adopted sci-fi elements following the success of Star Wars. Freedom 2000, Verbstar, and Staying Away From Strangers are just a few of the rare shorts to be shown. As usual, there will be trivia and door prizes. The event begins at 8:00 Sunday night at Tir Na Nog with a suggested donation of $5.

AV Geeks is the result of one man’s irrational passion, Skip Elsheimer, who owns over 20,000 16mm educational and industrial films harvested from the fertile grounds of school auctions, thrift stores, closets and dumpsters. Skip is based out of Raleigh but does travel from time to time, taking his show to venues ranging from rock and roll dive bars to museums. Skip has converted many of the films to digital media, readily available at his online archive.  All suggested donations support the digitization process.

Also, next month:

To honor the passing of its director, Michael Crichton, we present the first of his “amusement park goes horribly wrong” films. In Westworld, we see what happens when an entire theme park staffed by androids goes haywire - including a gunslinging robot played by Yul Brenner. Show up early to see an A/V Geeks short and get a good seat! Stay after the movie to play trivia and win valuable prizes! FREE!

7pm. Friday, December 5th, NC Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

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