Psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips present Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips, a glorious science fiction film that marks the directorial debut of the Lips' visionary frontman Wayne Coyne. Seven years in the making, Christmas on Mars features original music by the Flaming Lips ("The greatest U.S. band today" - The Guardian), with acting performances by all band members, and many others from their Oklahoma City-based team. Comedian Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and actor Adam Goldberg (Dazed and Confused, Two Days in Paris) also appear, as does performer Steve Burns of the band Steve Burns and the Struggle (who had also appeared in children's television show Blue's Clues). Bradley Beesley and George Salisbury co-directed the movie with Mr. Coyne.
It's Christmastime, and the colonization of Mars is underway. However, when an oxygen generator and a gravity control pod malfunction, Major Syrtis (the Lips' Steven Drozd) and his team (including the Lips' Michael Ivins) fear the worst. Syrtis also hallucinates about the birth of a baby, and many other strange things. Meanwhile, a compassionate alien superbeing (Coyne) arrives, inspiring and helping the isolated astronauts.
"Christmas on Mars is great, if only you could understand it...a psychedelic accomplishment that will inevitably gain more favor as it ages...Twilight Zone poetry." - Metro Boston
With a Live Performance by: OUR BROTHER THE MEGAZORD:
Also screening will be: Several short films from local Sci-fi-Comedy troupe, Iron Core TV http://skitztv.com/ Check out their premiere of episode 4 of Amil and Ewok, and more.
As well as a short film presented by the Mitten Movie Project:
THE CEMETERY PRECINCTS – Directed by Michael Einheuser & Rob Gulley (12:00) (Michigan 2008) A liberal fantasia played in the key of Z, "The Cemetery Precincts" tells the story of what happens when a couple of political dirty tricksters try a bit of old-school election fraud and scare up more than they bargained for. Includes an homage to "Night of the Living Dead" and lots of blood effects by makeup artist Dan Phillips. Written by Nancy Nall-Derringer.
Music provided by Sucker DJ's Mikel O.D., Tom Matich, and Jeff Milo.
Doors 8 pm. Movie starts @ 8:30 pm.
This film is not rated.
Sponsored by: Rockabilly’s in Utica, Real Detroit Weekly, Mitten Movie Project, Most People Are DJs, Motorcityblog, and WXOU Radio.