After Word

Thank you so much to all who came out. It was great to see you. You watched the films, snacked and talked in the kitchen, even swam in the pool. It was fun to hear how many people said they ran into others thay hadn’t seen in a while. As the host, I say a perfect day.

For those who want to know, I ran the films in order of the publication dates of the original stories. Thus:

Screamers (Second Variety, May 1953)
Impostor (Impostor, June 1953)
Paycheck (Paycheck, June 1953)
Next (The Golden Man, April 1954)
Minority Report (The Minority Report, January 1956)
Total Recall (We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, April 1966)
Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, 1968)
Confessions d’un Barjo (Confessions of a Crap Artist, 1975)
A Scanner Darkly (A Scanner Darkly, 1977)

Seeing them all in a row, I caught some things I’d never noticed as clearly before. For instance, set-wise, a number of the films include scenes in greenhouses. And starting the run with Screamers and Impostor, I really caught on to Dick’s themes about nothing and nobody may be as they seem — including me. I knew those were things he was talking about, but seeing them back-to-back in the films was a demonstration on a new level.

Lost-and-found-wise, I’ve got a pair of brown Oakleys and a red Dan-D-Pak fabric shopping bag left over.

And mark your calendars. The Philip K. Dick Film Festival, 2nd Annual will be held on Saturday, 6 March 2010.