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Calling All Earthlings

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Jonathan Berman, 2018, 77 min
August 1st-4th & 6th-7th, 7:30pm | August 5th, 4:00pm

Calling All Earthlings explores one of the first 1950’s UFO movements, led by George Van Tassel, a one-time Howard Hughes confidante. Van Tassel combines extraterrestrial guidance with “outsider science” to build a time machine, which he dubs “The Integratron.”  Van Tassel pursues his electro-magnetic dome against all odds. Is he right, could The Integratron really work? FBI agents try to halt the growing army of outliers who gather in the desert to create a threatening reality on the edge of the stultifying American Dream. An empathetic enquiry into an archetypical countercultural movement, the story is told by the residents of Joshua Tree, who must defend against rampant militarism, while pursuing a transformed version of what life could be.

Wednesday, August 1st:
6:30pm-7:30pm: VIP ticket holders private “Special Space DJ” set with Stephen Popkin.
7:30pm: Composer Elliott Sharp will be playing a LIVE solo set after the opening night film/Q&A with director Jonathan Berman. Elliot Sharp, an influential musician, is the recipient of the Berlin Prize and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. His book IrRational Music, will be published in the autumn.

Thursday, August 2nd:
6:30pm-7:30pm: VIP ticket holders private Sound Healing.
7:30pm: Soundbath, Film and Q&A.

Friday, August 3rd:
6:30pm-7:30pm: VIP ticket holders meet and greet.
7:30pm: Q&A following film with legendary drs. JJ & Desiree Hurtak, with E.P. Alan Steinfeld.

Saturday, August 4th:
6:30pm-7:30pm: VIP ticket holders private Sound Healing
7:30pm: Soundbath, Film + Q&A

Tickets: $12

VIP Tickets: $25

VIP tickets holders get a Limited Edition Gig Poster and access to Meet and Greets, Sound Healings, lectures and parties with filmmakers and UFO luminaries, and Cocktails.

Jonathan Berman makes films about subculture and identity, challenging how alternative people, groups and ideas are represented in media. Previous works include Commune (2006), My Friend Paul (2000), and The Shvitz (1994).

To find out more about the film, visit