Steampunk Filmfest at Mason Square

Movies @ Mason Square: The Films of Steampunk

To complement Steampunk Springfield at the Springfield Museums, the Mason Square Branch will host a series of three steampunk inspired movies. A special craft event will precede each film showing.

Each screening will be hosted by a steampunk-knowledgeable emcee who will introduce the movie and lead a discussion relevant to the movie afterwards. Free pizza will be available to those who attend the movie.

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Thursday, July 24
4 pm: Craft Do you like launching marbles, pennies, or balls of paper through the air? Join us to make popsicle stick catapults. It’s fun for all ages! All supplies will be provided.
5:30 pm: Film

Van Helsing: Vampires, adventure, and epic fight scenes! Van Helsing, the notorious monster hunter, is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein’s research for sinister purposes. Rated PG-13. This week’s screening is hosted by Cynthia Miller, co-author of Undead in the West. Ms. Miller will lead a discussion with questions and answers following the movie.

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Thursday, July 31
4 pm: Craft Try out your flying-machine skills! Fold and throw all different types of paper airplanes in the Mason Square Garden. All supplies will be provided.
5:30 pm: Film

Around the World In 80 Days: A bet sends a British inventor, a Chinese thief, and a French artist on a worldwide adventure following a bet that they can circle the globe in 80 days. Rated PG. This week’s screening is hosted by library staff member Sarah Hodge-Wetherbee, with discussion following the movie.

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August 7
4 pm: Craft

Create a beautiful, steampunk-i-fied Calder mobile out of recycled materials to hang in your home. All materials provided.
5:30 pm: Film

Wild Wild West: Government agents set out to track down an evil genius in the wild West of the 1860s. The agents are exact opposites — a smooth-talking charmer and a gun-slinging action man — making for a comical adventure through a wild and lost time and place. Rated PG-13. This week’s screening is hosted by Bow Van Riper, co-author of Undead in the West. Dr. Van Riper will lead a discussion with questions and answers following the movie.

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