... the experience of watching ‘Primer’ is so intensely pleasurable that you’ll want to see it several times…to revel in its striking composition and wry sense of humor.

— Mike D'Angelo, Esquire

Primer

Film • Jan 30

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Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions.

Directed by Shane Carruth.

The post-screening discussion with Dr. Brett Altschul (Physicist, University of South Carolina), Qiana Whitted (Professor of English and African American Studies), and Alice Lilitu (Nickelodeon Theater Staff) will focus on the possibility of time travel, speculative physics, and astronomy.

Brett Altschul is a physicist at the University of South Carolina, with special interests in exotic extensions of known physics. After a childhood of reading and writing science fiction, he earned undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mathematics and physics, followed by a Ph.D. in 2003. Since 2007, he has been a faculty member at USC in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. One of the major focuses of his research is understanding “How well do we really know the basic things we think we know?” For example, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity predicts that all particles should have identical maximum velocities, all equal to the speed of light; Prof. Altschul has studied how well we truly know that the actual maximum speeds of electrons, protons, and light rays are actually the same.

Qiana Whitted is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her current research examines representations of race, history, and genre in comic books and graphic novels. She is Editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society and Chair of the International Comic Arts Forum. Her forthcoming book, EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, will be published by Rutgers University Press in March 2019.

Alice Lilitu is a Satanic witch in the tradition of those who would wander into the forest at night to commune with demons. She performs multi-media spectacles with the occult art collective Devil’s Playground. Find her at the liminal edge of the city for conversation in the Mysteries.

2004. USA. 77 minutes. PG-13.
PG-13