Join us for a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s science fiction masterpiece, followed by a discussion with author Ben Mezrich. Mezrich’s new book is titled The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg (USA, 1977, 135 min.). 35mm.

Spielberg’s beloved classic tells the story of Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfus), an ordinary guy from Indiana whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object. Also starring François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, and Teri Garr, Close Encounters explores the mysteries of our universe with a sense of humanity and wonder. The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for several others, including Best Picture.

About Ben Mezrich

Boston author Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction: chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses. With a writing career spanning 19 years, Mezrich has authored 18 books, including The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie The Social Network. Mezrich’s new book, The 37th Parallel, tells the true story of Chuck Zukowski—a computer programmer and deputy sheriff who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of the United States. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase in the MFA Bookstore and Shop. For more on Ben’s work, check out

This program is presented in partnership with Eric Jausseran, Attaché.

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