One of the most revered science fiction writers of all time, Philip K. Dick was a master of weaving dystopian futures. Many of these future worlds have been interpreted visually by admiring filmmakers, resulting in cult classics like Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), and A Scanner Darkly (2006). Looking back at these films, one can’t help but notice that in some ways our society is starting to resemble those fictional realities  for better or for worse. The heightened presence of government surveillance, post-9/11 preventative policing, artificial intelligence tools, and immersive virtual reality platforms all seem to suggest that we are living in Philip K. Dick’s predicted future.

It may be important to note here that Dick really did believe himself to be blessed with a second sight. From February to March of 1974, he reportedly experienced a series of spiritual visions which enabled him to download a vast quantity of cosmic knowledge and see all of time  past, present and future  at once. Whether or not we believe these claims, it’s safe to say that Dick hoped the creation of such vivid cautionary tales would guide humankind toward a more hopeful future. These stories are his gifts to us.

The films in this series screen at 1 am during the mfaNOW Overnights. They are free and open to everyone. No tickets are required.

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In This Series

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Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Sunday, September 18, 2016
1:00 am3:00 am

Blade Runner: The Final Cut by Ridley Scott (USA, 1982, 117 min.). Presented on DCP. Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric...

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Total Recall
Saturday, October 15, 2016
1:00 am3:00 am

Total Recall by Paul Verhoeven (USA, 1990, 113 min.). Presented on DCP. Based on Dick’s story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, this cult classic...

film still from a scanner darkly

Film

A Scanner Darkly
Saturday, November 5, 2016
1:00 am2:45 am

A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater (USA, 2006, 100 minutes). Presented on 35mm film. Based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, A...

film still from minority report

Film

Minority Report
Saturday, December 10, 2016
1:00 am3:30 am

Minority Report by Steven Spielberg (USA, 2002, 146 min.). Presented on 35mm film. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story of the same name, Minority...