The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration - Sky Room Talk with Film Historian Philip Harwood and Rod Serling Biographer Nicholas Parisi



Sky Room Cafe Wed, Sep 11, 2019 7:30 PM


Sky Room Talk with Film Historian Philip Harwood and Rod Serling Biographer Nicholas Parisi

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30

Members $12 / Public $17

The Sky Room Cafe closes at 5 PM the evening of this event

Film Historian and New York State Librarian Philip Harwood returns to take us on another journey into Rod Serling’s celebrated  fantasy television anthology series, The Twilight Zone.  It was sixty years ago this Fall that The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS.  As a multiple Emmy winning writer, Serling wanted to produce a television series which would allow him to express his political and social views through strange and bizzare stories, which took place in a different realm?  Stories which thrust its characters into absurd situations.
Sixty years later, The Twilight Zone is a cultural phenomenon.  Home video, a new television reboot, radio plays, books, and even live parodies, demonstrate that The Twilight Zone is very dominant in our lives.
To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of The Twilight Zone, we will view three classic episodes that were major importance to Mr. Serling:
Walking Distance (1959): A man (Gig Young) travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.  This episode was very close to Serling’s heart, since it was inspired by elements of his childhood.

Time Enough At Last (1959):  A henpecked bookaholic (Burgess Meredith) himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

The Invaders (1961):  When a woman (Agnes Moorehead) investigates a disturbance on the roof of her farm, she discovers something strange. One of Serling’s favorite episodes, written by Richard Mathieson.

Philip Harwood will be joined by Rod Serling Biographer Nicholas Parisi, author of the new Rod Serling biography, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination.

Philip Harwood is a Film Historian. He is an Adjunct Professor of Film at St. Francis College, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at LIU Post. He teaches Film Studies at JCC Manhattan. He is also a New York State Librarian and Published Author.