FILM: It Came from Schenectady Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Proctors [Berkshire on Stage]
Time flies. Ten years ago, Proctors employees Peter Hughes, Paul Kazee and Richard Lovrich, along with advertising executive Larry Mossey, sat around a coffee table and dreamed up a shaggy beast.
It Came from Schenectady began in September, 2008 as a 24-hour science fiction film festival, kicking off with the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet, spanning a 12midnight showing of Bladerunner and ending, at lunchtime Saturday, with an ill-planned eye-crusher, the 3-D print of Creature from the Black Lagoon. Among the guests was Barry B. Longyear, author of the book, you guessed it, “It Came from Schenectady.”
At 7pm on Friday (September 14), the long-running film club spawned by the festival once again screens Forbidden Planet at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady, accompanied by all the quirks that have kept the project fresh — comfy couches and beanbag chairs, themed drinks, scheduled special guests, games and prizes, unscheduled special guests and a unique brand of ICFS camaraderie.
“It’s like watching weird movies at home with your weird friends,” laughs Hughes, “except you’re at Proctors.”