Alien nation, dir. graham baker

Alien Nation
(30th Anniversary Screening)

First Contact

D: Graham Baker | USA | 91 min | 1988

Dec 6th 7:42pm (Omega)

Writer: Rockne S. O’Bannon

Cast: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp

Three years after 300,000 ‘newcomers’ crash landed in the Mojave Desert, the aliens are adjusting to life as second-class citizens in Los Angeles. After a police homicide forces a hardened detective to work with a newly promoted newcomer, he finds a complex immigrant culture has developed in the shadows of society.  There couldn’t be a timelier opportunity to screen a film that looks at how Americans treat otherness when it shows up on our doorstep. Science Fiction can force us to face ourselves in the mirror, even if the view isn’t pretty.

Rockne S. O’Bannon broke into television writing for AMAZING STORIES and THE TWILIGHT ZONE. After writing ALIEN NATION, he went on to create the SciFi cult classics seaQuest and FARSCAPE, as well as serve as Developer and/or Executive Producer on DEFIANCE and REVOLUTION and write for V and CONSTANTINE.