Bizarro Blockbusters: Turkish Star Wars
September 20, 2014 | 8:30-10:30PM
Alabama Song Art Space
2521 Oakdale St., Houston, TX 77004
Suplex is pleased to present Bizarro Blockbusters, a monthly summer film series curated by Daniel Atkinson to be held at Alabama Song Art Space. Bizarro Blockbusters showcases films that mash together famous American blockbusters with other nations' histories, myths, bric-a-brac, and various forms of insanity. The three Bizarro Blockbusters presented this summer are Lady Terminator (1989), For Y’Ur Height Only (1981), and Turkish Star Wars (1982). Each film will be pre-screened with shorts of equally mind-blowing craziness.
Join Suplex this month for a screening of Turkish Star Wars an insane sci-fi action-packed epic that follows the heroic adventures of Murat and Ali as they trek across a deserted planet after crash landing their X-Wing spacecraft. Taking literal cues (and footage) from George Lucas’ 1977 classic Star Wars, this film’s narrative explodes through the screen in bizarre fashion as iconographic scenes and musical scores from Indiana Jones are spliced into sequences of battles with an evil wizard and his army of skeletons on horseback, romantic affairs with alien women, and moments magical revelation and clarity. Turkish Star Wars was directed by Çetin Inarç in 1982 and stars one of the most prolific actors/writers in Turkish Cinema Cüneyt Arkin, whose filmography spans five decades and over 240 films. But, due to the films stolen film sequences and soundtrack, Turkish Star Wars has never seen mainstream theatrical release. See the film as it’s intended to be seen, over drinks with friends, at Alabama Song this Saturday, September 20 at 8:30PM.
About the presenter
Daniel Atkinson was born and grew up in Minnesota, channel-surfing late nights hoping to see episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He moved to NYC in 2009 to get a graduate degree in art education and while there taught the history of film at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC. Before moving to Houston last year to take over the position of Education and Public Programs Manager, he was in Chicago teaching engineering to 12-year olds. He is a movie omnivore, but is especially interested in all things psychotronic.
Bizarro Blockbusters is sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewery and co-presented by Alabama Song Art Space.