Outdoor Sci-Fi Film Series at New York Energy Zone

UTICA — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Made in Utica are teaming up to honor the late and pioneering cinematographer Douglas Trumbull with a free outdoor movie series featuring three of the award-winning filmmaker’s science fiction films.

Sci-Fi Wednesdays will be held in the back parking lot of the John S. Dyson Energy Zone on Wednesdays in August starting at 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs, but a limited number of chairs will be available for those who need them. their.

Restrooms will be available in the energy zone and popcorn will be served.

The program of the film is as follows:

• August 17: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

• August 24: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

• August 31: “Star Trek: The Movie”

In case of rain, the film will be screened the following evening.

Trumbull’s career took off after creating special effects for Stanley Kubrick’s breakthrough film, “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968. Trumbull is the cinematographer and director of the 3-D MAGI short film “Imagination!” on how Nikola Tesla changed the world with AC (alternating current) electricity, which is one of the Energy Zone’s featured exhibits and was produced expressly for the Power Authority. Trumbull died in February shortly before his 80th birthday.

The Energy Zone, which opened in May 2021, is a state-of-the-art, interactive and free museum focusing on the world of electricity, past, present and future, and the leadership of the New York State in energy innovation. It is designed for visitors of all ages and features unique exhibits that simulate flying a drone to inspect power transmission lines, controlling electricity on a model energy grid, operating a simulated power plant and tabletop electric microgrid construction, plus many other activities designed to teach visitors about energy and electricity in New York State.

The Energy Zone is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will remain open for tours until 8 p.m. during the Sci-Fi Wednesday movie series.

The 15,000 square foot facility is located on Utica Zoo Way adjacent to the Utica Zoo. Group tours are encouraged to call 315-792-8720 or email [email protected] to book a tour. Walk-ins are welcome.

Andrea G. Henderson