Outdoor Spacefest screening at Starr Pass Resort & Spa

2001: A Space Odyssey with star Gary Lockwood in person!

friday, AUGUST 9 at 6:00PM (Q&A begins at 6:00pm, film begins at 7:15pm/sundown) | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8

This screening will take place outdoors at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745. Seating will be provided.

Co-Presented by Spacefest X!

Join us for “the ultimate trip” as we screen the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey outdoors with star Gary Lockwood in person! Mr. Lockwood will be joined by astronauts Mario Runco  Jr., Nicole Scott and Ed Gibson for a pre-film panel discussion moderated by Mark Pestana, research pilot and project manager at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center! Q&A begins at 6:00PM, film begins at approximately 7:15PM.   Mr. Lockwood will be available to sign merchandise following the panel discussion.   Autograph fees apply.

2001 is a feat unmatched in movies.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Three million years ago, a mysterious black monolith appeared out of nowhere and gave a pack of unruly apes a whole lot of new ideas … and thus begins Stanley Kubrick’s awe-inspiring sci-fi head trip, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Based on Arthur C. Clark’s story “The Sentinel,” this mind-blowing meditation on technology and humanity thrillingly hypothesizes mankind’s evolution from ape to astronaut to celestial being, while scientists Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) do battle with a snarky artificial intelligence unit named HAL and eventually try to crack the mystery of those baffling black monoliths. With assistance from special effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most “realistic” depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology in service of a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Eschewing traditional narrative structure and embracing a tone of mythic transcendence, 2001, provocatively promoted as “the ultimate trip,” quickly caught on with the late ‘60s counterculture audience open to a contemplative viewing experience of a film carefully designed to take them on a journey they would never forget. Nominated for four Academy Awards and a winner for its landmark visual effects, 2001 stands today as one of the all-time great science fiction classics. (Dir. by Stanley Kubrick, 1968, USA/UK, 141 mins., Rated G)


Gary Lockwood – Raised in Newhall, California, Gary Lockwood attended UCLA on a football scholarship after which he entered the movie industry as a stunt cowboy. Good fortune led to over 200 acting roles in both film and television. He is most noted for his role in the pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, co-staring in two movies with Elvis Presley, and as the astronaut Frank Poole in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Mario Runco Jr., Astronaut – Mario “Trooper” Runco Jr. was selected as an astronaut with the Group 12 Astronaut Candidate class (“The GAFFers”, George Abbey’s Final Fifteen) and reported to NASA on August 17, 1987. He flew three Space Shuttle missions (STS-44, 54, and 77), performed a spacewalk on his second mission, and is now retired both from NASA and the U.S. Navy, having served in the Navy as a Geophysics / Meteorological / Oceanographic Officer. He is also a former New Jersey State Trooper and USGS Research Hydrologist.

Nicole Stott, Astronaut – Nicole Stott is an Astronaut and Artist. She is a veteran of two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle.

Ed Gibson, Astronaut – Edward Gibson was chosen as an astronaut in 1965 as a member of the first group of scientist- astronauts (Group 4). He served on the support crew and as capcom for Apollo 12 before being selected to work on the development of the Skylab space station.  He also flew on the SkyLab 4 mission, logging 84 days in space.

Moderator: Mark Pestana – Mark Pestana is a research pilot and project manager at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the aerospace safety program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

This Science on Screen presentation is made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

This screening is part of Loft Film Fest on the Road, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with support from Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.