The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival kicks off this this year with Yakov Protazanov’s 1924 classic “Aelita: Queen of Mars”. This silent classic will be screened on Saturday, 6 April 2013, 7.00 PM in Alumni Hall, University of King’s College, accompanied by live music.

Based on Alexei Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, “Aelita” is a futuristic account of travel to Mars and revolt against a suppressive ruling group in post-war Soviet Union. It will be a feast for the eyes and ears. 

“There’s something magical about the way art and science unite when watching classic sci-fi films to great live music,” says Situating Science project coordinator, Emily Tector. This year’s screening previous years’ successful screenings of "Metropolis" and "Battleship Potemkin".

The musicians include: Lukas Pearse (bass), Geordie Haley (guitar), Tim Crofts (keyboard) Douglas Cameron (percussion) and Greg Jackson (theremin).

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is working in partnership with the University of King’s College History of Science and Technology programme, History of Science and Technology Society, Dalhousie University Department of English, and the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster to screen the film.

HIFF takes place 6-12 April, 2013. 

Suggested donation at the door for the musicians: $5

The HIFF launch reception will follow the screening.