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Expanded Boston Sci-Fi Film Fest offers premieres, classics, and schlocky favorites

Boston Sci-Film Fest
The Boston Sci-Fi Film Fest starts tonight.

Step out of the cold and into a warm theater this weekend, as the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival celebrates its 35th year with a newly expanded program. Nine nights chock full of Martians, dystopian futures -- and Jack White! -- will lead up to the traditional 24-hour movie marathon over President's Day weekend.

Tonight, the festival opens with Sleep Dealer, an award-winner at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. In the not too distant future, water is used for blackmail, memories are sold, and exploited Mexican “sleep dealers” work in factories for America.

On Sunday, catch the world premiere of psychological sci-fi thriller Caller ID, starring James Duval (Frank the scary bunny in Donnie Darko). Director Eric Zimmerman will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. Other films in the festival include the spoof Mutant Swingers From Mars, featuring the acting debut of Jack White of the White Stripes, and Lunopolis, the story of two filmmakers' efforts to uncover the truth behind a conspiracy radio show caller's claim that people from the future live on the moon and control our every action.

Where and when: Somerville Theater, Davis Square. Each program from February 5-13 starts at 7 pm. the marathon runs from Feb. 14-15, noon to noon. Check for more information and show times. 


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