Silent Running

  • Aeris Aeris


Roxie Theater Sat, May 30, 2015 9:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Douglas Trumbull
Year of Production:1972
Film Type:Feature
Running Time:89 min


Film Classic

Science Fiction lets us re-imagine our future. In Silent Running we see a world after the end of all botanical life on Earth. Ecologist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) maintains a greenhouse on a space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. Assisted by three robots and a small human crew, Lowell rebels when he is ordered to destroy the greenhouse in favor of carrying cargo, a decision that puts him at odds with everyone but his mechanical companions. Lowell and his robots are forced to do anything necessary to keep their invaluable greenery alive. This sci-fi classic was influential on Pixar's animation WALL-E, also showing in this year's festival.

You might also like to see WALL-E (May 30).

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San Francisco Film Society

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Additional Information

Legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull, was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Blade Runner (1982), each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Mr. Trumbull directed Silent Running (1972), Brainstorm (1983), Back to the Future... The Ride (1991) and numerous other special format films. He is the recipient of an Academy Award in the area of Scientific and Technical Achievement, as well as the International Monitor Award and American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of filmmaking. Douglas is currently involved in the evolution of visual effects using virtual digital sets and electronic cinematography.